Pax Romana’s Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue for Youth


Since its inception Pax Romana has been un open forum for intellectual sharing and dialogue among different cultures, generations and professions. .(cf. Jacques Maritain, one of its founders in “The relationship between Christianity and civilisation”)

The first Pax Romana International Conference on this theme took place in 1960 ; in collaboration with UNESCO, and gathered Experts on the theme "The Present Impact of the Great Religions of the World upon the lives of the People in the Orient and Occident", in Manila - Philippines, from 2d to 9th of January of that year.
This Conference was attended by Experts of the 8 main religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Shinto, Judaism, Islam, Protestantism, the Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church.
This conference, the first of its kind, was held in synergy with the UNESCO “Orient-Occident” Major Project launched in 1957 and as a follow-up to Dr Luther Evans, General Director’s participation in the Pax Romana World Congress in 1958 : he had then expressed his interest and promised his support for our initiative.
The spirit of dialogue of this Conference was then taken as one of the main guidelines for the work of the national federations and movements of both Pax Romana ICMICA and IMCS in the work of interreligious and intercultural dialogue.
Pax Romana will go on setting up “stages», on a yearly basis, with each a definite theme. In 2010 we concentrated around: “involvement in bringing cultures closer to become peacemakers”

Niveau d’intervention géographique

  • International
  • Régional


  • Construire un cadre de valeurs communes
  • Promouvoir une connaissance mutuelle de la diversité culturelle, ethnique, linguistique, religieuse

Pays bénéficiaire (s) / Groupes cibles

  • Youth organizations
  • Religious leaders
  • Various regions

Principaux partenaires

1.Nazan Institute for Religion and Culture, Nagoya (Japan)
2.Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, USA
3.UNESCO, Paris, France
4.World Conference of Religion for Peace
5.World Council of Churches – Geneva, Switzerland
6.World Jewish Congress – Brussels -Belgium, New York – USA, Jerusalem-Israel.
7.SETA Foundation – Istanbul, Turkey
8.World Alliance of Young Men Christian Association, Geneva, Switzerland
9. World Alliance of Young Women Christian Association, Geneva, Switzerland
10. International Movement of Catholic Students
11. International Young Catholic Students, Paris, France
12. Baha’i International Community
13. Arigatou Foundation, Geneva, Tokyo
14. Brahma Kumaris International University , India,
15. The Art of Living Foundation, Paris, France
16. The Tibetan Community in Dharamsala, India
17. UNESCO “Basque Center” Spain
18. UNESCO “ Barcelona Center” Spain
19. Deusto University, Bilbao, Spain
20. St. Thomas University, Miami, USA
21. European Peace University, Austria
22. Committee of NGO with Consultative Status to United Nations (CONGO), Geneva, Switzerland
23. World Conference Religions for Peace, International Youth Committee, New York, USA
24. Jacques Maritain Institute, Rome, Italy
25. Neve Shalom - School of Peace, Jerusalem, Israel

Nom de l’organisation / Entité responsable principale

Pax Romana - International Catholic Movement for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs (Pax Romana ICMICA)

01/01/2010 - 31/12/2010