European Bishops meet in London for conference on Christian-Muslim Relations

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‘Dialogue and Proclamation’
1-3 May 2013

Key questions to be discussed:

  • How do Christian and Muslim young people build their identity in contemporary European Society?

  • Is the current (economic, family and ethical) crisis affecting young peoples’ identity?

  • Is Christian/Muslim dialogue possible within the framework of the New Evangelisation?

  • Working towards a dialogue which respects individual freedoms without hiding core Christian beliefs.

  • What challenges does the Church face in dialogue and proclamation?

Organised by the Council of Bishops’ Conferences of Europe (CCEE), the conference will be chaired by Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard, Archbishop of Bordeaux. Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue is a keynote speaker.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols, President of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales will be in attendance and will celebrate Mass for the delegates at Westminster Cathedral on the second day of the Conference. 

The 32 participants represent 20 Bishops’ Conferences, European Cultural and Church organisations and experts in the field of Christian-Muslim dialogue.

Day One
Father Andrea Pacini, CCEE Coordinator of the Christian-Muslim network and Secretary for Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue of the regional Bishops’ Conference of Piedmont and the Aosta Valley addresses the theme of the conference ‘Dialogue and Proclamation’.

Day Two
A day of reflection, dialogue and sharing experiences – the religious identity of young Christians and Muslims in Europe.
Professor Brigitte Maréchal from the University of Louvain and Dr Erwin Tanner, General Secretary of the Swiss Bishops’ Conference are the keynote speakers.

Day Three
Delegates will describe the situation in their respective countries. Cardinal Tauran will look specifically at ‘What is new in the relations between Muslims and the Catholic Church?’

The meeting is a closed event.

CCEE Background

The Council of Bishops’ Conferences of Europe (CCEE) includes the currently existing 33 Bishops’ Conferences of Europe, represented by their Presidents, the Archbishops of Luxemburg and the Principality of Monaco, the Archbishop of Cyprus of the Maronites, the Bishop of Chişinău (Moldova) and the Eparchial Bishop of Mukachevo. The current President is Cardinal Péter Erdő, Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest, Primate of Hungary, the Vicepresidents are Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, Archbishop of Genoa, and Mons. Józef Michalik, Archbishop of Przemyśl, Poland. The CCEE Secretary General is Mons. Duarte da Cunha. The Secretariat is located in Sankt Gallen (Switzerland).

The event program, list of participants and scheduled speeches are available on this site.