International Movement of Catholic Students
IMCS Pax Romana is the International Movement of Catholic Students which brings together over 80 diverse national federations, associations, and movements of Catholic university and tertiary students from six regions. Since 1921, when it was founded under the name of Pax Romana with the aim of promoting peace and justice at the global level, IMCS has been helping in the holistic formation of students around the globe.
As a Catholic students’ movement, IMCS’ main mission is the evangelisation of the student milieu. Students are encouraged to live their faith by getting involved in society, locally, nationally and internationally.
Since 1949, IMCS has been advocating on behalf of its members as a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI), and United Nations Education Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO). IMCS is also active with regional inter-governmental and international bodies, such as the International Labour Organisation and the World Bank to voice the concerns of youth.
IMCS represents Catholic students within the Church as an international association of the lay Catholic faithful with a special relationship to the Pontifical Council for the Laity and the Secretariat of State of the Holy See.
Inspired by Jesus’ teachings and the Gospel values, IMCS encourages students to live a Spirituality in Action, linking faith, intellect and service of others through praying, reflecting, and acting on issues at all levels of society.