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The theme of this gathering in L'viv : "Human dignity, security and the future of Europe: Christian Contribution", is most welcome as we have to confront the so-called post-truth environment that is sweeping our countries. For Christians, the most dangerous aspect of the post-truth phenomenon is its subversively stealthy nature. Individual and group resentments and insecurities are coopted into fronts of culture wars. Intentionally manipulated semi-factual or fabricated facts seemingly resonate with core Catholic values that can appeal to many Christians of both the Western and Eastern traditions. Identity – personal and national – is inseparable from the dignity assigned by the Creator, but at the same time we must make it clear that notions of superiority of a race, a nation or a religion are a deceitful distortion.


     I am not a theologian nor a reproductive health expert. I am merely a lay woman, a member of the Catholic church in Sri Lanka, responding to recent articles published by members of my own religious community regarding the bill to expand safe abortion provisions. This article is written for the sake of balanced perspective and healthy, constructive debate within our community. We must take a step back and look at exactly whose lives we are protecting with our attitudes towards this bill.

"Communicating Across Generations: Defining the Challenge of New Language, New Media, New Reach"

I will be addressing the issue of empowering youth to be on an equally relevant platform in order for collaboration to be meaningul. Pax Romana is in a unique position because we have been working towards this ideal for years. Our NGO was founded in 1921 as a youth organization for University students who stood together for a message of peace and justice. As those young people eventually became older professionals, a new branch of Pax Romana was born in 1947. And so today, our organization is made up of a student movement (The International Movement of Catholic Students) and a professional movement (The International Catholic Movement for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs), each with their own international teams and unique national movements. The team that I work with here represents both movements, as Pax Romana’s effort to present a united front as one organization with two complementary branches.