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The International Catholic Movement for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs-Pax Romana invites all members, friends and people of good will to pray for, celebrate, and stand up for those in our community who defend human rights and build peace.

 April 11th marks the anniversary of Blessed John XXIII’s encyclical Pacem in Terris (1963), which outlines a strong commitment to human rights as the foundation for peace in the world today. Sadly, many people who take a stand in favor of human rights often face persecution and lack the support necessary for their work.

Take part in the worldwide Google Hangout April 11th

New York:11.00am /Sao Paulo:12.00pm / London:3.00pm/ Paris:5.00pm/ Nairobi:6.00pm/ Lahore: 8.00pm/ Kuala Lumpur:11.00pm/ Australia:1.00am

LINK for Hangout:  https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c7su7fvi19b1u08b0392eb3lcqo

  This year, we particularly think of Ruki Fernando and Father Praveen Mahesan, OMI, two activists who are under investigation by the Sri Lankan government for their actions in defense of human rights. 

 Since people are social by nature, they must live together and consult each other's interests. That people should recognize and perform their respective rights and duties is imperative to a well ordered society. But the result will be that each individual will make their whole-hearted contribution to the creation of a civic order in which rights and duties are ever more diligently and more effectively observed. For example, it is useless to admit that a person has a right to the necessities of life, unless we also do all in our power to supply them with means sufficient for their livelihood.
Blessed John XXIII, Pacem in Terris, 31-32