FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WORLD YOUTH ALLIANCE HOSTS UNITED NATIONS SEMINAR ON THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF JOHN PAUL II TO HUMAN RIGHTS AND PEACE
The purpose of this day was to examine the thought of Pope John Paul II as it pertains to the dignity of the human person, and the particular impact his lifeâs work had on freedom, democracy, social justice and development.
The event was held at Dag Hammarskold Auditorium, UN Headquarters, on March 27. Former Prime Minister of Slovenia, Alojz Peterle opened the event along with the keynote address by George Weigel, official biographer of John Paul II; other speakers included EU parliamentarian, Wojciech Roszkowski; Kenyan Ambassador to the UN, Judith Bahemuka; Senator Francisco Tatad of the Philippines; Founder and President of the World Youth Alliance, Anna Halpine; President of the Charles Malik Foundation, Habib Malik; Chair of Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto, Rabbi David Novak; and member of the Pontifical Council of the Family, Kathryn Hoomkwap of Nigeria.
â(JPII) lived responsibly and with all his being, his demanding mission in the decisive times of European and world historyâ¦ It is not surprising that his thoughts, words and deeds far exceeded the frame of the Church which he guided.â (Honorable Alojz Peterleâs speech at JPII Seminar)
âI have followed the work of the World Youth Alliance from the very beginningâ¦No other organization of its kind âif, indeed, there are any other organizations of its kind â has in so short a time done so much to promote, particularly among the young people of the world, the dignity of the human person as the basis and focal point of every individualâs life-project.â (Senator Francisco Tatadâs speech at JPII Seminar)
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