Tribute to Ramon Sugranyes de Franch

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.

Tissa Balasurya

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.

Sugranyes, Copecial and Vatican II

In the volume Memories of Committed Persons, Ramon Sugranyes, recalling the refoundation of Pax Romana as the two Movements, International Movement of Catholic Students (IMCS) and International Catholic Movement for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs (ICMICA), tells how, "quite naturally", he was elected in 1947 General Secretary of ICMICA, as the only founding member living permanently in Fribourg and Professor at the University. He could not then have imagined what he was "quite naturally" letting himself in for: not just the building up of a new Catholic international Organization (CIO), but involvement in at least half a century of ground-breaking participation in practically all sectors of Catholic international life, including active participation in Vatican II.