Posted June 2, 2006
Catholic Movement for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs
Established by Students Group
VATICAN CITY, MAY 31, 2006 (ZENIT.org).- Here is the description of the
International Catholic Movement for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs which
appears in the Directory of International Associations of the Faithful,
published by the Pontifical Council for the Laity.
Official name: International Catholic Movement for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs
Acronym: ICMICA-Pax Romana
History: Officially founded in Rome, Pax Romana-ICMICA was established
historically and sociologically by the members of the International Movement
of Catholic Students.
As they completed their studies to join the working world, they were anxious
to perpetuate their apostolic ideals into their adult lives. They envisaged
setting up a Catholic movement for not only graduates but for culture in
ICMICA, with the support of UNESCO, organized the first international
interfaith meeting in the last century. It took place from Christmas to New
Year in 1959-1960 in Manila, Philippines.
It was attended by intellectuals with allegiances to different religions who
debated in a personal capacity on the issue "The Influence of the Great
Religions on the Present Life of Nations in the East and in the West."
Various members of ICMICA attended the deliberations of the Second Vatican
Council as lay auditors or experts. Recognized by the Holy See as an
international Catholic organization, Pax Romana?ICMICA is a member of the
Conference of International Catholic Organizations.
As an NGO it has consultative status with U.N. Economic and Social Council,
UNESCO and the Council of Europe.
Identity: ICMICA is an international network of Catholic professionals and
intellectuals, as individuals or groups and associations, who are working to
establish dialogue between faith and culture for the evangelization of
cultures and for the inculturation of the Gospel in the world of labor, the
family and society.
Redesigning their own life projects in terms of this mission, and placing
their expertise at its service, ICMICA members pursue these purposes by
discerning and critically analyzing dominant thinking and ideologies, in the
light of the faith; committing themselves to the Church's work of
evangelization by bearing witness to, and practicing, the Gospel values;
fostering and defending the rights of individuals and peoples in a spirit of
solidarity with the poor and with minorities; engaging in interfaith
dialogue, to promote not only religious freedom but also mutual
understanding and respect; to study human, social and ethical issues
specific to the artistic, literary and scientific professions in the light
of Catholic morals.
ICMICA offers the international community its intellectual and moral
resources to build and uphold peace founded on justice and on the love of
Organization: The supreme governing body of ICMICA is the plenary assembly,
made up of representatives of the constituent member associations, and is
convened every four years to elect the president, vice presidents, the
members of the international council, and the secretary-general nominated by
The president, the secretary-general, the treasurer and the ecclesiastical
assistant make up the international team, as the executive and coordination
At the continental and regional levels, activities are coordinated by the
regional vice presidents and coordinators.
The structure of ICMICA also includes the specialized secretariats which
comprise Christians committed in specific environments. There are currently
five of them: International Secretariat of Christian Artists (SIAC),
International Secretariat of Catholic Secondary School Teachers (SIESC),
International Movement/Secretariat of Catholic Jurists (MIJC/SIJC),
International Secretariat for Scientific Questions (SIQS), and the
International Secretariat for Catholic Engineers, Agronomists and Industry
The working groups on human rights, economy and human development and
ecology assist the international council in implementing the decisions
adopted by the plenary assembly.
Membership of ICMCA is open to constituent members (Catholic professional
organizations recognized by the Church hierarchy), corresponding members and
Membership: ICMCA has more than 58,000 members in organizations present in
Publications: Pax Romana E-Update, a monthly online newsletter; Convergence, published six-monthly
Web site: www.paxromana.org
Headquarters: Pax Romana MIIC/ICMICA
15, Rue du Grand-Bureau
1211 Geneve 24 - Switzerland
Tel. (41) 22.823.0707 -- Fax 22.823.0708