Paxromana Milestones

Date Location Theme Speakers

Les jalons du Pax Romana

July 1921 Fribourg,
1st World Congress
August 7-9, 1922 Fribourg, Switzerland 2nd World Congress


18- 20 September, 1923 Salzburg, Austria 3rd World Congress
1 Budapest, Hungary 4th World Congress
5-8 September, 1925 Bologna 5th World Congress
September, 1926 Amsterdam 6th World Congress
August, 1927 Warsaw, Poland 7th World Congress
August, 1928 Cambridge, Oxford, and London England 8th World Congress
Examination, from the triple point of view, historical, philosophical and ethical of the causes of the divorce between the spirit of the world today and that of Catholicism
Fr. Fulton Sheen (USA)
1929 Seville, Spain 9th World Congress
“Doctrinal Value of Catholicism from the Cultural Point of View”
August, 1930 Munich, Germany 10th World Congress
1931 Fribourg 11th World Congress
“The University and the Catholic Student”
1932 Bordeaux, France 12th World Congress
“International and Social Order”
August, 1933 Luxembourg 13th World Congress
“Social Work of the University Student”
1934 Rome, Italy Catholic Students’ Pilgrimage to Rome
“Catholic Action in the University”
Welcomed by Pope Pius XI
1935 Bohemia, Moravia, Slovakia, and Prague, Czechoslovakia 14th World Congress
“New Man in a New Age”
25 July to August 2, 1936 Salzburg, Austria 15th World Congress

“The mission of the Catholic university people in contemporary culture”

“The mission of Catholic Action within the framework of Pax Romana – religious, philosophical, cultural, professional and social formation-.”

28 July to 3 August 1937 Paris, France 16th World Congress “Unemployment among University Graduates” “Experiences of student in their social work”


At the same time as the World Exhibition of the Catholic Press
30 April to May 1, 1938 Vaduz, Liechtenstein Pax Romana Inter-Federal Assembly
22 to 28 August, 1938 Ljubljana, Yugoslavia 17th World Congress “The Catholic Student in Face of the Problem of Communism”
“Attitude to Adopt to Block Communist Penetration into Student Circles”
Dr. Miha Krek

Cyril H. Lott

Fr. Joseph Cardijn

Robert Regout, SJ

Pierre-Henri Simon

August 27th – 1 September 1939 Washington, DC and New York, USA 18th World Congress “The Role of the University in Catholic Action”
June, 1946 Salamanca, Spain 19th World Congress

“The great problems of the hour on moral as well as social and cultural planes and, deduced from this, the future of Pax Romana: the apostolate in university circles, the affirmation of the rights of the individual in the face of abusive interventions of the State and the perils menacing Christianity”

10 – 19 March, 1946 Lima, Peru Second Inter-American Pax Romana Assembly
27 August to 5 September 1946 Fribourg, Switzerland 20th World Congress – The Jubilee Congress “The Christian Duty of the University Student” Foundation of YCS
April, 1947 Fribourg Foundation of ICMICA
April 3 to 10, 1948 SPA, Belgium Inter-Federal Assembly NNCF Admitted
1949 Mexico Inter-Federal Assembly
19 to 26 August, 1950 Amsterdam 21st World Congress

“The Catholic Intellectual and the World Order”
“The Meaning of Liberty and the University of Today?”

Vittorino Veronese

Joseph Piller

Richard Pattee

E. Reut-Nicolussi

Joaques Leclercq


P. Hoenen, SJ

Oscar Helecki

Most Rev Leon Ommel

Douglas Hyde

Louis Raeymaeker

Roger Millot

Josef Kalin

Francis Sheed

Louis Joesph Lebret, OP

August 29 – August 31st Rome Holy Year Pilgrimage of Students to Rome
1951 Rheims, France 30th Anniversary of Pax Romana


Join IMCS and ICMCIA meetings

Msgr Roncalli (Apostolic Nuncio) later Pope John XXIII participated

1952 (Mon: Aug 26-29, Q Aug 31 – Sept 1) Montreal, and Quebec, Canada 22nd World Congress “The Mission of the University”


1952 Toronto, Canada Inter-Federal Assembly Same location with ICMICA
28 July to 3 August 1953 Krabbelsholm, Denmark Inter-Federal Assembly
1953 Bossey, Switzerland Joint IMCS-WSCF Ecumenical Meeting
15-22 August 1954 Flüeli, Switzerland Inter-Federal Assembly “The Christian Student and the Practice of International Understanding”
December, 1954 Madras, India Asian Students Seminar
18-31 March 1955 Nottingham, England 23rd World Congress

“From University to Life: Problems of the Young Graduate”

Joint with ICMICA
1956 Geneva, Switzerland IMCS Formation Seminar at the UN in Geneva
1956 Vienna, Austria Inter-Federal Assembly
August, 1957 San Salvador, El Salvador “Civic Responsibility of the Student”
December, 1957 Ghana First Pan African Seminar
1957 Rome World Congress of the Lay Apostolate
August 31 September 6th. 1958 Vienna, Austria 24th World Congress “The meaning of freedom and the University Today”
Cardinal Koenig, Cardinal Tisserant, Dr, Luther Evens (UNESCO DG)
1958 Eichstätt, Bavaria Inter-Federal Assembly
1959 Manila, Philippines “The present impact of the Great Religious on the lives of Men in the Orient and Occident.” This was attended by Hindus, Buddhists, Shintoists, Muslims, Jews, Orthodox, Protestants, and Catholics.


Pax Romana IMCS, ICMICA and UNESCO Sponsored
1959 Manila, Philippines “Social Responsibility of the Student”
1960 Lisbon, Portugal Inter-Federal Assembly “The formation of international conscience”
1961 Fribourg, Switzerland Commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the founding of Pax Romana
July, 1962 Montevideo, Uruguay 25th World Congress “Social Responsibility of the University and University people”
1964 Washington, DC Inter-Federal Assembly “Christianly in an Age of Transition” Robert F. Kennedy (USA Secretary General)

Tom Mboya (Kenya Minister of Justice)

Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, SCS (President of the University of Notre Dame)

Rafael Caldera (future President of Venezuela)

August Vanistendael (IFCTU and Auditor of Vatican II)

Bernard Cardnial Alfrink (Utretch)

1967 Bochum, Germany Inter-Federal Assembly
July, 1971 Fribourg Switzerland Inter-Federal Assembly – Celebration of IMCS’ 50th year

“Liberation – How?”

August, 1975 Lima, Peru 28th Inter-Federal Assembly

“Christian Commitment in a World in Crisis”


1978 Valladolid, Spain 29th Inter-Federal Assembly


Held with IYCS World Council

Adoption of CPP

August, 1982 Montreal, Quebec 30th Inter-Federal Assembly
1991 Hong Kong Inter-Federal Assembly Joint Inter-Federal Assembly with IYCS World Council
1995 Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast 1st IMCS International Committee Joint with IYCS International Committee
August, 1999 Strasburg, France 2nd International Committee Joint with IYCS International Committee
August 2003 Barcelona, Catalonia 3rd International Committee Joint with IYCS International Committee
July 2007 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 4th International Committee