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I am delighted to share this inaugural issue of the CAPP-USA newsletter on the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, established by Pope St Pius V to commemorate what is today’s 550th anniversary of the decisive victory of the Holy League over the Ottoman navy at the Battle of Lepanto. CAPP-USA is dedicated to Our Lady, and we ask for her prayers.

Through the newsletter, we hope to keep you informed of events and material related to CAPP and Catholic Social Teaching.

For example, the Recent Events section in this edition features our highly successful, very enlightening conference The Health of Nations: Pope Francis’ Call for Inclusion that was held on September 24.

In the newsletter, we will share updates on material being added to our website. The Upcoming Events section will keep you aware of things like the CAPP International Conference in Rome and the 1-week CST course being held in Washington, DC, both scheduled for later this month.

Reflecting CAPP’s international nature, CAPP Around the World will have information on activities of the Fondazione and CAPP chapters abroad. We also will share insights and perspectives from a CAPP member each edition in the Member Spotlight section. And as a Vatican-based organization, we will offer inspiration with a papal quote in the Final Thought segment of each issue. 

I hope that you find our newsletter interesting and informative as we continue to get the word out about Catholic Social Teaching and would welcome any suggestions or comments at my email,

Yours in Christ,
Frederick F. Fakharzadeh


The “common good” is a critical concept. It is an aspirational result: “the sum total of social conditions which allow people, either as groups or as individuals, to reach their fulfillment more fully and more easily”.  READ MORE >>



CAPP International Conference, 24 September 2021, NYC
CAPP, in partnership with Fordham University’s IPED, hosted: The Health of Nations: Pope Francis’ Call for Inclusion. This saw Bishop Frank Caggiano (Diocese of Bridgeport, Chair of Catholic Relief Services and Assistant National Ecclesiastical Counselor to CAPP-USA) set the stage in the light of Catholic social teaching and Pope Francis’ perspective. Professor Sir Angus Deaton (School of Public and International Affairs and the Economics Department at Princeton University and recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics) then focused on the topic in light of his extensive, lifetime work on development. Following the talks a conversation between Bishop Caggiano and Professor Deaton, as well Q&A with the audience was moderated by Professor Joseph P. Kaboski (Professor of Economics at University of Notre Dame and President of CREDO).

The gathering saw a COVID restricted in person audience of 90 and, with the outstanding support of America Media and 12 sponsoring organizations, an online audience of 2,300+.






CAPP is Vatican based with chapters and members around the world including Italy, Germany, France, UK, Slovakia, Malta, and others. This section will highlight the activities in these locations as well as share updates from our Vatican headquarters.



Matt is the Managing Partner & Director of Digital at Pesch Digital. He ran online communications in support of contentious litigation at the Supreme Courts of two countries and has provided thought leadership and crisis communications counsel to several large nonprofits and their executives.

He has appeared on FOX Business as a featured expert and has written about digital strategy for The Wall Street Journal, The Hill, and other outlets.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from Georgetown University and sits on CAPP's board.


I try and read a Tom Wolfe book every summer; they’re fun and fast and feel very warm-weather to me. Since moving my family and home office to Rocket City (Huntsville, AL), I’ve been digging deeper into Golden Age of Space Travel.


Baba Yetu by the United States Navy Band. A riveting performance. The song might have been written for a video game, but its punchy, uplifting message is worthy of this stellar performance by Musician 1st Class Bill Edwards and the Navy Band. And there’s a nice hospital ship kicker midway through that cues some summer patriotic razzle-dazzle feelings.
One criticism I will make is the lack of patriotism. Patriotism is not just going to sing the national anthem or to pay homage to the flag: patriotism is belonging to a land, to a history, to a culture ... and this is identity. Identity means membership. One cannot have identity without membership. If I want to know who I am, I must ask myself the question: ‘To whom do I belong?’.”
Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice, Inc (CAPP-USA) is the United States affiliate of Fondazione Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice at the Vatican.


Loving Father, you gather us together in this time and place. Send your Spirit to be with us and open our hearts to do your will as we make this journey, dedicated to evangelizing your Word through Catholic social teaching.  Help us with your grace to embrace this new evangelization with faith and love. May it empower us to recognize you and to bear witness to your presence in the world.  We ask this through the intercession of our founder, Saint John Paul the Great and Our Lady of Fatima, with her son Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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