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Pax Romana ICMICA/MIIC has federations of intellectuals and professionals. in 60 countries from every continent, as well as contact groups and individual members. The international headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland.

Pax Romana is a member of the Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in consultative relationship with the UN (CONGO). Pax Romana was the Vice-President of CONGO for the period 2003-2006. Pax Romana is the President of the NGO Committee on Human Rights in Geneva and Co-chair of the NGO Working Group on Human Rights Education and Learning in Geneva.

 

Pax Romana has had consultative status with the United Nations since 1949 through the Economic Social Council (ECOSOC), as well as with UNESCO and the Council of Europe. Pax Romana has permanent representatives at the United Nations offices in New York, Geneva and Vienna. It also has accredited representatives in regional intergovernmental bodies such as the Council of Europe and the African Commission for Human and Peoples' Rights. Pax Romana has been active in many meetings and activities of the UN.

 INTERNATIONAL CATHOLIC MOVEMENT FOR INTELLECTUAL AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS

 (PAX ROMANA)

 As amended by the 29th Plenary Assembly in Poland in July 2004

 Chapter 1 – General Provisions

Article 1

 The International Catholic Movement for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs (ICMICA) is an international association of the faithful, with private juridical personality according to canons 298-311 and 321-329 of the Code of Canon Law. It is governed by applicable canonical rules in force and by the following statutes. It also constitutes an Association for civil purposes in the sense of articles 60 to 79 of the Swiss Civil Code. The office is located in Geneva, Switzerland.

Identity of Pax Romana ICMICA/MIIC:

  • An international Association of Catholic professionals and intellectuals composed of local federations, groups and individuals;
  • An open forum for intellectual sharing and dialogue among different cultures, generations and professions;
  • A social movement for empowerment, advocacy and solidarity for a peaceful, equitable and sustainable world;
  • A global network of ideas, insights and commitment based on a Christian vision and mission;
  • An International Catholic Organization working closely with other Catholic-inspired NGOs;

Deceased with nearly 100 years, Ramon Sugranyes de Franch was a pillar of Pax Romana and one of the founders of the Pax Romana ICMICA-MIIC. His personal history throws a light on his convictions and his action, convictions and actions which do not cease to inspire Pax Romana.

Born in a place close to Barcelona in 1911, Ramon studied Law and literatures, and had been engaged in the movement of the catholic students during the Spanish Republic (1930-1936). Partisan of the innovative teaching ideas, he worked at the same time as a collaborator for various newspapers. At the beginning of civil war (1936-1939), this enthusiastic catholic is opposed to the spirit of crusade which animates many bishops and Spanish Catholics. Ramon decided to exile in France where he was actively involved with the Committees for civil and religious peace, with Maritain and other intellectuals (Salvador de Madariaga). During the World War II, he takes refuge in Switzerland where he accompanied the cardinal Vidal I Barraquer - the principal representative of the Church opposed to the military uprising of the general Franco.

Oblate Fr. Tissa Balasuriya, a noted theologian, economist and human rights activist, died Jan. 17 in Sri Lanka. He was 89.

He founded the Centre for Society and Religion in Colombo in 1971 with the aim of fostering interreligious and interracial action for justice and peace. He was also instrumental in founding the Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians in the mid-1970s.

Pax Romana is first of all an umbrella organization of national confederations of Roman-Catholic students with its earliest history dating back to a number of conferences during the last decades of the 19th century. On the basis of these early encounters, the foundation of Pax Romana rested upon two major convictions that pervade its early documents: First the ideal of Roman Catholic peace, mirrored in the very name of ‘Pax Romana’ and second, the selfunderstanding as a Roman Catholic lay avant-garde acting in the modern world.