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Greetings on this day that we celebrate the new feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church.

My wife teaches CCD to fourth graders. In one of their recent classes, the topic was miracles, and she asked if any of the students could think of an example. Our 10-year-old grandson, big brother to 8- and 5-year-old brothers and a 2-year-old sister, immediately answered, “A baby being born.” To say that we were overjoyed by his response would be quite an understatement.

Two thoughts: first, from Matthew 18:3, “… unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” Second, how beautiful that he could appreciate the great gift of life.

Let us always value the miracles God gives us every day, especially the precious miracle of life.

I hope that you enjoy this issue of the CAPP-USA newsletter and would welcome any comments or suggestions at

Yours in Christ,
Frederick F. Fakharzadeh

Catholic Social Teaching: A New Methodology for a New Economy

In his recent address to CAPP Cardinal Tomasi analyzed what CST offers and identifies 4 things that can be done (by all) and 3 CAPP should do.



SUCCESS in 2021!


2021 was an amazing year that saw tens of thousands engaging with the rich treasure of the Church through our website. And 2022 is building upon it. Click the link!



Work in the Future: Economic Realities and Insights from Catholic Thought

CAPP-USA joined Harvard University’s Catholic Center in sponsoring 2019’s FCAPP “Economy and Society” Award winner, Prof. Mary Hirschfeld for a talk on the state of current and future work.


CAPP-USA hosted a webinar with Patrick Riordan, S.J., Senior Fellow in Political Philosophy and Catholic Social Thought at Oxford University and winner of the 2021 FCAPP “Economy and Society” Award. Fr. Riordan stressed the importance of society regaining an understanding of the ‘common good’ and we invite you watch his enlightening one hour presentation and Q&A.






Ukraine Fund
Thank you to all who supported the Holy Father’s relief fund. Given the urgent need, the Foundation made an initial contribution in early May, receiving Pope Francis’ thanks shortly thereafter:

“I express my thanks for the contribution that, on behalf of the Centesimus Annus Foundation, has recently been sent to me for the needs of the Ukrainian people affected by the conflict. Thank you for this generosity and closeness to those who suffer from the evil of war.

The sum you send will be used for the charitable activities promoted by the Apostolic Charity for Ukraine.

May the Lord bless you and the Holy Virgin keep you.

Please keep praying for me; I will do it for you.”


FCAPP International
Webinar Series
The first FCAPP International Webinar Series was held on May 26 and featured Prof. Andrew Abela, Ph.D., founding dean of the Busch School of Business and Ordinary Professor of Marketing at The Catholic University of America in Washington and Member of the CAPPF Scientific Committee.

Dr. Abela presented an insightful talk on “Business Ethics: Can (Financial) Value and (Ethical) Values be Integrated?”, using real-life examples that highlighted the application of these themes.


Spring Hour of Reflection

During their Spring Hour of Reflection, held in Valetta, the chapter’s Ecclesiastical Counselor, Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Galea Curmi also provided an overview of Pope Francis’ address to the Members of the Maltese Parliament and assembled Diplomatic Corps delivered in the  “Grand Council Chamber” of the Grand Master’s Palace during his Apostolic Journey to Malta. An informal dinner was enjoyed afterwards.



Natalie, a native New Yorker, developed a world view shaped by over thirty years implementing risk management and business continuity programs for JPMorganChase internationally. Now sharing that knowledge, she is an adjunct professor at IONA College.

A member since 2007 she says, “I was drawn to CAPP by a deep desire to understand the Church’s teaching as it relates to US politics and world events”. She now plays a key role in sharing that understanding by co-directing CAPP-USA’s annual, weeklong Certificate Program in CST with The Catholic University of America.

Natalie enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, learning new things and using her God-given talents to help others. For example, after retiring from the bank she learned to play the harp and shares this skill therapeutically and meditatively with the ill and those at prayer.


"As a way to stay connected during Covid my family formed a book club and we just finished The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah - a novel about life during the 1930’s dust bowl."

"I am currently reading Catholic Bioethics and the Gift of Human Life by William E. May for an online Bioethics course with the Institute of Catholic Culture. Covering topics from Natural Law to marriage and reproductive technology to care of the dying - it is not a quick read"!
Your Foundation has a vital role to play in bringing the light of the Gospel message to these pressing humanitarian concerns, and in assisting the Church to carry out this essential aspect of her mission.”

Address to CAPP
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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