The Columban Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations (CCCMR) promotes better relations between Christians and Muslims, motivated by God’s love for all people, we reach out in friendship to Muslims.
"My wish is that the dialogue between us should help to build bridges connecting all people, in such a way that everyone can see in the other not an enemy, not a rival, but a brother or sister to be welcomed and embraced." (Pope Francis, Diplomatic Corps, 22 March 2013)
Our mission work:
- We visit Muslim organisations and places of worship and attend Muslim religious, cultural and social events.
- We listen to and give talks and participate in conferences.
- We arrange encounters between Christians, Muslims and believers from other religions.
- We actively learn about our respective teachings, scriptures, religious practices and moral values.
- We practice and promote the Church’s teaching on Interreligious Dialogue.
- We foster respect and mutual understanding between Christians and Muslims.
- We dispel ignorance about Islam and Muslims by providing accurate information and resources.
- We counter negative stereotypes and prejudices by witnessing to the positive spiritual and moral values that shape Muslim lives.
- We cooperate on the many areas that Christians and Muslims share in common – religious observance, family, social justice and care for the environment.
- We share public platforms as a witness to our common citizenship.
- We contribute to building a cohesive and harmonious multi-religious society.
The CMR Centre celebrates what both Christians and Muslims hold in common while respecting their differences.
Together, Christians and Muslims make up over 50% of the world’s population, so building and promoting better understanding between Christians and Muslims is crucial for meaningful peace in our world.
"Inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue between Christians and Muslims cannot be reduced to an optional extra. It is, in fact, a vital necessity, on which in large measure our future depends." (Pope Benedict XVI, 20 August 2005)
Our approach to Muslims and Islam is grounded in the teaching of Vatican II, especially Nostra Aetate:
The Church has also a high regard for the Muslims. They worship God, who is one, living and subsistent, merciful and almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth, who has also spoken to humanity. They endeavour to submit themselves without reserve to the hidden plans of God, just as Abraham submitted himself to God’s plan, to whose faith Muslims eagerly link their own. Although not acknowledging him as God, they venerate Jesus as a prophet; his virgin Mother they also honour, and even at times devoutly invoke. Further, they await the day of judgment and the reward of God following the resurrection of the dead. For this reason they highly esteem an upright life and worship God, especially by way of prayer, alms-deeds and fasting.
Over the centuries many quarrels and dissensions have arisen between Christians and Muslims. As an overarching framework, the Columban CCCMR Centre works towards building and promoting a Culture of Peace.
"The sacred council now pleads with all to forget the past, and urges that a sincere effort be made to achieve mutual understanding; for the benefit of all, let them together preserve and promote peace, liberty, social justice and moral values."
(Nostra Aetate, 3)
Learn more about the people who work at the Columban Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations.