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Fifteen years ago, my wife and I attended a presentation given by the leadership of CAPP at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, NJ that introduced us to CAPP and Catholic Social Teaching. The beauty and relevance of CST resonated profoundly within us, and we became more and more engaged with CAPP and its mission.

In many ways it has truly been a gift for us to be part of this journey, to meet and work with so many wonderful people of faith and serve the Church in this capacity. We feel greatly blessed to be called to the CAPP Foundation, and I hope you, too, are able to appreciate the great gift of CST.

CAPP’s purpose is to evangelize with the principles of Catholic Social Teaching - to offer our culture a proven way to address the many challenges it faces - and I invite you to support us in this mission by using this link to our donation page.

I hope you enjoy this newsletter and would welcome any comments or suggestions at

Wishing you a most blessed Advent and wonderful Christmas and New Year.

Yours in Christ,


Frederick F. Fakharzadeh

“The authorities responsible for the common good must be seriously committed to the primary good of society, namely, the family.” (Synod Report to Pope Francis, 12) 

Are they? “The family is experiencing a profound cultural crisis” which “is particularly serious because the family is the fundamental cell of society, where we learn to live with others despite our differences and to belong to one another; it is also the place where parents pass on the faith to their children.” (Pope Francis, 66) 

CAPP's Most Successful Year!


Pope St. John Paul II gave CAPP the mission of evangelizing the world with CST. This year is seeing wonderful results!

  1. Over 110,000 visits to our website.

  2. Over 30,000 people have learned Church teaching on abortion on our site!

  3. 56,000 viewed CAPP voting videos over the four weeks prior to elections.

Help Promote Catholic Social Teaching!


All of us at CAPP-USA want to express our gratitude for YOU! We could not do our vital work of promoting CST in Society without your support. YOU make the transformative power of the Gospel present in our day and age.

We invite you to join in Fred’s invitation in the introduction to keep the mission of Christ alive and flourishing. As we approach the end of the year, there’s still time to make a gift!

The 2022 Participants of the CAPP-USA Certificate Program in Catholic Social Teaching

The 2022 Certificate Program in Catholic Social Teaching

CAPP-USA held the 14th edition of its Certificate Program in Catholic Social Teaching in October. This week-long, master’s level course is held in Washington, DC in conjunction with The Catholic University of America. This year found participants from around the country attend this flagship program of superb presentations ranging from the history and principles of CST to its role in government, economy and culture and much, much more. Plans are underway for the 15th iteration in 2023. Learn more about the course here.

CAPP's 30th Anniversary

June 5th, 2023 marks the 30th anniversary of Pope St. John Paul II’s founding of CAPP! Special events are being planned in Rome for June 5-6 and we urge you to save-the-dates. More to follow…
Pictured: The 1st Annual Meeting with Pope St. John Paul II on June 5th, 1993.



A Note from Cardinal Turkson
To the Members of Fondazione Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice,

I trust and do pray that you are all in good health!

I wish to share with you all the great news of the conclusion of the Mensuram Bonam project.

May God bless and keep you all!

Most gratefully,
Card. Turkson


Highlights from a busy 2022!

The German Chapter of CAPP wants to highlight the following:


"The Social Doctrine of the Church:
A Transforming Force for Today's World"
A 2023 Program Announced


A Wonderful Year-End Event
The Binational Dutch-German CAPP Convention



Zung is a financial executive with over 40 years of global experience with major Wall Street firms. He joined CAPP in 2016 "to gain a deeper understanding of Catholic Social Teaching and to do my part in working with other leaders to promote it."

Zung is a living testament to the American dream: "My family went through 3 'exoduses' in Vietnam and came to America to rebuild a blessed life".

"I was not born Catholic but joined the Church just before his first child received communion in 1991, twenty years after my father joined! I wanted to follow my mother's footsteps and be a part of a faith that was so important to them and my young family."

Zung is the founder of ZTN Capital Consulting, which provides advisory services in asset and wealth management. Zung has also written and spoken extensively on Impact Investing, which he argues "has deep biblical roots".

He is active in providing pro-bono advice to various Catholic endowments, in the NYC tri-state region on matters relating to asset allocation, ESG/Impact investing and governance.

Zung is an experienced FINRA Dispute Resolution Arbitrator, "giving back to an industry that has been very good to me and my family".

Poverty is not fought with welfarism, no; in this way we 'anaesthetize' it…'Helping the poor financially must always be a provisional solution…The broader objective should always be to allow them a dignified life through work'. The doorway is work: the door to the dignity of a man is work”.
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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