Rome: a Family House for World Peace and Living Together

June 25, 2021

Vatican announces that the “Abrahamic Family House” – which encloses a synagogue, a church and a mosque in a single complex, and is scheduled to be inaugurated in 2022 in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) – is 20 percent complete.

The “Abrahamic Family House”, a complex which encloses a synagogue, a church and a mosque in a single complex, and is scheduled to be inaugurated in 2022 in Abu Dhabi in 2022, is 20 percent complete. The “Abrahamic Family House” derives its name from the Old Testament biblical figure, Abraham, who is recognized and greatly revered by Jews, Christians and Muslims.

The project – inspired by the “Document on Human Fraternity” and constructed on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates – is endorsed and closely followed by Pope Francis and by the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmad Al-Tayyeb. On February 4, 2019, Pope Francis and Ahmad Al-Tayyeb signed the “Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together” during their historic meeting in Abu Dhabi.

The whole project is supervised by the “Higher Committee of Human Fraternity” (HCHF) having the mission to lead a global platform for peace and harmony, inspire constructive and inclusive dialogue, and heal divisions through fraternal relations.

Vatican says: “The names of the three separate iconic houses of worship in the Abrahamic Family House complex are officially unveiled as “Imam Al Tayeb Mosque,” “St. Francis Church,” and “Moses Ben Maimon Synagogue”, who was “a prolific and influential Sephardic Jewish philosopher of the Middle Ages. Besides the 3 places of worship, the site includes a cultural center that aims to encourage people to exemplify human fraternity and solidarity within a community that cherishes the values of mutual respect and peaceful coexistence, while the unique character of each faith is preserved.”

“The complex”, HCHF explaines, “innovatively recounts the history and builds bridges between human civilisations and heavenly messages. As a place for learning, dialogue and worship, the Abrahamic Family House will be a cultural landmark and an inspiring global symbol that epitomises the shared values of harmonious coexistence and understanding among the three Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Twenty percent (20 %) of the project is now complete, and it is due to open in 2022.”

“The design is characterised by an iconic geometric architecture of three cubes that evokes the features of traditional architecture and preserves its uniqueness. The structures will represent the unified commonality and mutual coexistence between the three religions whilst evoking the traditional architecture and retaining the individualism of each of the three faiths. During the design phases of the houses of worship, members ofreligious communities worldwide have been engaged and consulted to ensure consistency with and adherence to the respective religion’s requirements and teachings.”

“Once complete, the final design of the three buildings will ensure there are enough spaces that offer their visitors real peace of mind and soul within an atmosphere in which a spirit of intimacy prevails. In this spirit, the three places of worship that make up the Abrahamic Family House will welcome visitors from all over the world to worship, learn and engage in dialogue. In addition, the complex will offer a variety of daily programs and activities and will host international conferences and world summits that promote harmonious coexistence within communities.”

News Release by Vatican News
Press Realese by Higher Committee of Human Fraternity (HCHF)
Vatican’s Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together (February 2019)