STU, Leader in Human Rights and ONLY American member of Vatican Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace, saluted by Pope Francis


St. Thomas Law Professor Roza PatiExecutive Director of the Intercultural Human Rights Program - participated at the congress “Days of Celebration for the 50th Anniversary of the Publication of the Encyclical Letter Pacem in Terris of Blessed John XXIII,” organized at the Vatican on October 2-4, 2013 by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. During the first day, Professor Pati moderated four panels on: social justice and social politics; the common good and new conditions for its pursuit; the engagement of the Pontifical and Catholic Universities in the relationship between the Church and the world today; as well as these universities’ role in preparing the new generation of leaders engaged in responsible politics. A special document reflecting the deliberations of the day will be put together and shared later with all Pontifical and Catholic Universities worldwide. The rest of the days focused on issues related to international organization and the universal common good as well as on challenges to peace and the sharing of best practices of peace-making today.

On October 3, 2013, Professor Pati had the distinct honor of meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis, who has just recently tasked the Pontifical Academies and the World Federation of Catholic Medical Association to focus on research on the phenomenon of human trafficking and ways to combat it. 

…One more example of how St. Thomas University develops global leaders who help transform the world….