99TH COUNCIL OF PAX ROMANA ICMICA/MIIC 23/28 JUNE, 2014.
The meeting was an occasion for the International Team and regional vice presidents to review the reality of the movement around the world and make plans for the upcoming year. It also offered us an opportunity to meet with Vatican officials and reflect on the experiences of Christian professionals and the future of the church.
The main points of reflection were:
– The role our movement plays in witnessing to the message of the Gospel, particularly for those who feel marginalized by society and the Church.
– Our support for the student movement of Pax Romana (IMCS/MIEC).
– New ways of self-financing of the movement.
– Strengthening our internal thematic reflection in order to be more effective in the United Nations and other international organizations.
– Creative and new means of engaging our movement.
It was also an opportunity for a visit to the pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, the Pontifical Council for the Laity, and for an audience with the Secretary of State, Pietro Cardinal Parolin,
The last day was organized a colloquium and press conference to highlight several recent contributions of Pax Romana to ongoing reflections on curial reform.
VISITS TO THE HOLY SEE AND PARTNERS
A. Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat of the Jesuits: met with Fr. Xavier Jeyaraj on how to collaborate with the Jesuits on future ventures.
B. Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, met with Dr. Flaminia Giovanelli and others on exchanging experiences about significant challenges of today’s society, such as developing an inclusive economy, ensuring access to water, a nuclear free world, and food security.
C. Pontifical Council for the Laity met with Bishop Josef Clemens and others about exchanging experiences of Christian presence in the world.
D. Secretariat of State Audience with the Secretary of State, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, in the Apostolic Palace, on insights of the new ways of ‘being Church’ through dialogue.
III. COLLOQUIUM “ FOR A CHURCH WHICH GOES FORTH: LAY PERSPECTIVES ON THE FUTURE OF THE CHURCH
On June 26th, we organized a colloquium and press conference to highlight several recent contributions of Pax Romana to ongoing reflections on curial reform and how we can contribute to the ongoing development of the mission of the church in the world. Speakers included Prof. Javier Iguiniz, Dr. Kevin Ahern, Elizabeth Mueller, Frederick Wamalwa, and moderated by Prof. Stefano Ceccanti. This enabled us to connect with our friends, members and press contacts in Rome. We also issued a special issue of Convergence.