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As a convert to Catholicism, I did not initially have an appreciation for praying the rosary. Along my faith journey, the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s appearance at Fatima prompted me to learn more about this miracle. I read Fr. Andrew Apostoli’s bookFatima for Today: The Urgent Marian Message of Hope” and also watched the 2020 movie Fatima. Both impressed on me the importance of praying the rosary - as the Virgin Mary instructed - and I have prayed it daily ever since.

I can also attest to the power of the rosary! One very small example is on the numerous occasions I have been absolutely stuck trying to prepare a paper or presentation but, after praying the rosary, the words suddenly flow.

On this anniversary of the miracle of Fatima, let us always remember the importance of praying the rosary.

You will notice how busy CAPP has been these past days! So, as there is so much to report here, we will have more to convey on the recent Rome conference in December.

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

Pope Francis Addressed CAPP on Saturday!

“I consider your contribution with regard to the social doctrine of the Church to be very important…you can continually compare that doctrine with reality, a reality that is always in motion, that changes continually.”

“Is it consistent to profess our beliefs in church on Sunday, and then during the week to promote business practices or medical procedures contrary to those beliefs? Is it consistent for practicing Catholics to ignore or exploit the poor and the marginalized, to promote sexual behavior contrary to Catholic moral teaching, or to adopt positions that contradict the right to life of every human being from conception to natural death? Any tendency to treat religion as a private matter must be resisted.” - Pope Benedict XVI
From l to r: Frederick F. Fakharzadeh, MD, President CAPP-USA; Bishop Frank Caggiano, Asst. National Ecclesiastical Counselor, CAPP-USA, Ms. Tania Tetlow, JD, President Fordham University; Pietro Cardinal Parolin, Secretary of State, Holy See


On 23 September 100 guests gathered in New York to again honor and celebrate the visit of His Eminence Pietro Cardinal Parolin, Secretary of State of the Holy See.
CAPP has been blessed with hosting the Holy See’s delegate to the UN General Assembly opening since 2014. We were joined by His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York who offered the invocation, His Excellency The Most Rev. Frank Caggiano, Assistant National Ecclesiastical Counselor to CAPP-USA who offered the benediction and The Most Rev Gabriele Caccia, Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN. Also present was Ms. Tania Tetlow, J.D., the new president of the event’s sponsor, Fordham University.



On September 23rd CAPP-USA convened a “conversation” on the topic: “Renewing Digital Space: Addressing Pope Francis’ Concerns and Warnings.”

Building on Pope Francis’ numerous recent warnings on the insidious nature of the digital environment (Fratelli Tutti, Message for Lent 2022) as well as Cardinal Parolin’s remarks to CAPP in December and September, Evelyn Aswad (University of Oklahoma College of Law), Rev. Dorian Llywelyn, S.J. (President of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at USC), and Brian Boyd, Ph.D. (post-graduate teaching fellow at the University of Notre Dame - Moderator), brilliantly addressed this topic and we invite you to view their noteworthy analysis.



FCAPP held its Annual International Conference on October 6-8.

Day 1 consisted of reports from chapters - including an update from CAPP-USA on our experience addressing the cultural and spiritual poverty extant in digital media and our attempts to evangelize Catholic Social Teaching.
Day 2 saw three panels comprised of international experts who analyzed: first - the various forms of poverty;  second - the role of businesses and finance in reducing poverty, and third; the role of governments and institutions. The final session featured a panel of young members, including our own Nicholas Sawicki, who shared their perspectives on poverty and how to eradicate it.

The final day featured Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica celebrated by Cardinal Turkson, followed by an audience with Pope Francis and an address by the Holy See’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Parolin.

We will have much more to report on this event in December’s Newsletter.





Brian is Executive Vice President of Catholic Charities USA and has been involved in that ministry for 35 years – 27 in the Diocese of Youngstown OH and 8 with national.

While at national Brian reports he is most proud “of re-invigorating the ‘See, Judge, Act’ method at The O’Grady Leadership and Advanced Leadership Institutes.” He explains: “These institutes are Catholic Charities USA’s principal professional development opportunities - helping bring to life the foundations of charity and justice (caritas) for Catholic Charities staff throughout the USA.”

Brian serves on local community development and housing boards in the Diocese of Youngstown as well as the national boards of Catholic Distance University, the National Food and Shelter Program Board, and the International Catholic Migration Commission based in Geneva, Switzerland.

“Donna DeBlasio, Ph.D., my spouse, and I enjoy engaging in historical themed trips throughout the USA, Central America and Europe in order to understand better the ministry of the Church and the rich diversity of culture that builds and sustains communities.”


“For insights to Catholic Charities' approach I recommend reading Bridge Building: Pope Francis’ Practical Theological Approach by Thomas M Kelly Ph.D. and Bob Pennington Ph.D.
Take up and fulfil your cultural responsibility…to suggest responses that are consistent with an evangelical vision of the economy and society; in other words, with Catholic social doctrine.”
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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