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A Pax Romana – Newman conference marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

High Leigh Conference center Hoddesdon. 13th to 15th November 2009

Introduction

 The conference theme arose from the world vide economic crisis of 2009 providing an opportunity to review what had happened since the fall of the Berlin Wall exactly 20 years earlier. The conference title was "1989 -2009 Moving into a new Europe" but the sub title "misconceptions, hopes, disappointments, lessons learned, perspectives" formed the basis of many of the talks. The focus of the conference was on social, economic and spiritual issues but there more important contributions from eye witnesses who had observed events in Eastern Europe in 1988 /89. In the short time available no attempt was made to cover events across the whole of Europe and a late change of programme meant that there was very limited mention of Poland which provided so much of the stimulus for the overthrow of other Communist regimes. The contributions below are in a variety of formats and do not always reflect the length of the original input.

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.

  1. More than 300 participants from all Catholic dioceses of Kenya and representatives of more than 40 countries of all continents gathered in Nairobi, Kenya from July 20 to 26, 2008 around the theme of "Global Governance, Global Justice: Africa as a Symbol and a Reality" for an International Conference organized by Pax Romana ICMICA MIIC.
  2. We recalled that our world today is facing, more than ever, pressing challenges that require urgent responses at all levels of governance to bring about justice for all, in a manner that respects human dignity and promotes sustainable development.
  3. With hope, we discovered that we are citizens of the world, and from this perspective we think and act glocally searching for common goals even though we still have to learn how to work together.