PR – World Youth Alliance hosts UN Seminar on JPII

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WORLD YOUTH ALLIANCE HOSTS UNITED NATIONS SEMINAR ON THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF JOHN PAUL II TO HUMAN RIGHTS AND PEACE

New York, New York, April 8, 2006  – 200 young people and world leaders came together last week at the UN to examine and commemorate the late Holy Father’s contribution to international dialogue 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 life’s 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. 


“(JPII) lived responsibly and with all his being, his demanding mission in the decisive times of European and world history… It is not surprising that his thoughts, words and deeds far exceeded the frame of the Church which he guided.” (Honorable Alojz Peterle’s speech at JPII Seminar)


“I have followed the work of the World Youth Alliance from the very beginning…No other organization of its kind –if, indeed, there are any other organizations of its kind – 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 individual’s life-project.” (Senator Francisco Tatad’s speech at JPII Seminar)



The World Youth Alliance is a global coalition of young people committed to promoting the dignity of the person and building solidarity among youth from developed and developing nations. We train young people to work at the regional and international levels to impact policy and culture.  Founded in 1999, the Alliance now embraces over a million members from more than 100 countries.


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