Edouard Pihèwa KAROUE
My name is Edouard Pihèwa KAROUE and I am Togolese. I was studying sociology Policy in third cycle at the University of Lomé when I was elected as International president of IMCS Pax Romana at the World Assembly held in Tagaytay City (Philippines) in August 2015.
I was in my second year of university when I first heard this movement. It was not a large group that could do a lot of noise or incite a revolution. But I found wealth for myself because of its large social base of intellectual and theological reflection. It was this movement that let me discover the Catholic social teaching and all the meaning it gives to the commitment of Christians in society.
Indeed, this movement showed me how faith can be lived in practice by enhancing our intellectual capabilities / practices to do in the society what God would have done in our place. It is in this sense that IMCS Pax Romana takes a heavy dimension for me.
As I was learning about and getting into the movement, I saw how I could be useful to the society. In short, with this movement, I experienced the joy of being a servant and it propelled me further in my own research. International meetings were always for me the occasions of self questionning, learning, friendship and all those were building myself by giving me new analytical tools. I will not deny that this journey was helpful in my studies to the extent that I received more information and I met other cultures, my relational horizon widened as my ability to find myself.
IMCS Pax Romana in today’s society has a crucial position because the crisis are challenging the responsibility of leaders in becoming.It is up to them to turn the tide of the reality always marked by so much inequalities and fundamentalism; all overseen by the increasing of antivalues and relativism. The key to this reversal arising is the ownership by the youth of today of a wise approach to modernism and knowledge, of the human dignity and of a new more human and accountable lifestyle.
It is with great pleasure that I fill the function of International President of this rich movement in which we are both subject and object of what we deal with. I very much hope to see many young people, myself included, discovering the truth step by step in their choices and join the good initiatives that we may be proud one day leaving a healthier world for our children.