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.
by Roger POCHON former President of Pax Romana, editor of La Liberté
and Ramon SUGRANYES de FRANCH, President of Pax Romana – ICMICA, Professor at the University Fribourg;
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In July of 1921, students from across the world brutally torn part by World War I met in Fribourg, Switzerland. Inspired by their common Catholic faith and a commitment to peace and justice, they founded the International Confederation of Catholic Students, which became known as “Pax Romana” because of the students witness to build peace that stretched across borders.
The Second Vatican Council’s renewed teachings on the theology of the laity and the church/world relationship did not appear out of thin air. As with other parts of the council’s teaching, key passages and ideas in Apostolicam Actuositatem (Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity) and Gaudium et Spes can be traced to important movements of renewal already underway in the decades leading up to Vatican II.
Published in Pax Romana’s review June 1953
One would make a mistake and be the victim of a dangerous illusion if one believed that, in order to make Europe, it would be sufficient to create European Institutions. It would be like a body without a soul. These institutions will have to be led by a European spirit, as His Holiness Pius XII defined it, in front of the members of the College of Europe in Bruges last March 15.
Bernard Cook proposed by Kevin Ahern
In 1921, the International Secretariat of the Federations of Catholic Students was established at Fribourg, Switzerland. Its initial focus was war relief and especially material assistance to enable students to resume their studies after World War I. What was originally simply a secretariat developed into a federation, Pax Romana, linking Catholic student groups in different countries? One of the organization's principal concerns was to foster understanding between Catholic students from different countries. During World War II the organization sought to provide aid for students who were refugees, internees, prisoners-of-war, or displaced persons, and other students who because of the war found themselves in need.