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I wish you a blessed Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and am delighted to share our third CAPP-USA newsletter.

This month we highlight two critical aspects of CST: social justice and charity. I encourage you to read these - you may be surprised by what you learn.

Among RECENT EVENTS, the highlight was the Economy and Society International Award Ceremony in Rome. This notable occasion recognized the award-winning books and their authors and saw significant, insightful talks by three Cardinals.

CAPP AROUND THE WORLD highlights activities of our colleagues from chapters in Germany and Malta.

In our MEMBER SPOTLIGHT, we typically ask our featured member to share what he or she is reading. For this edition Pierre Bognon reveals a book he has written! Congratulations to Pierre.

Our FINAL THOUGHT is especially inspirational. They are the personal words of our founder to CAPP members. May we always be guided by them.

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

Yours in Christ,
Frederick F. Fakharzadeh



“Charity is the theological virtue by which we love God above all things for his own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God.” Charity requires engaging, directly, those around us who are in need. Remember, to practice Catholic social teaching is charity!




FCAPP Vatican International Award Ceremony, December 16, 2021

To promote the knowledge of the Church’s Social Doctrine, FCAPP awards scholarships to two young researchers as well a prize for monographs distinguished by original, rigorous contributions of notable quality explaining, developing or applying the Church's social doctrine in contemporary economic and social fields. The 5th edition of the Foundation’s International Award (ECONOMY AND SOCIETY) was held in the Vatican’s beautiful Palazzo Cancelleria in Rome.

The Foundation was privileged having the event chaired and addressed by the Holy See’s Secretary of State, His Eminence Pietro Cardinal Parolin; keynoted by His Eminence Silvano Maria Cardinal Tomasi, Pope Francis’ Special Delegate to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and the award made by His Eminence Reinhard Cardinal Marx, Archbishop of Munich and Freising and Jury Chairman. Anna Maria Tarantola, Chairwoman of FCAPP made the opening address.






A Year of Change and Activities.

READ: 2021 REPORT >>


Small things for big impact. Renewal post-pandemic.




Pierre Bognon, a French national residing in Fairfield County, Connecticut, was one of the first members of CAPP in the USA. His professional career was in finance with his last assignment being CFO of Marsh Mc Lennan - Europe.

“Since my retirement I have devoted much time introducing my American friends and family to French history.” As a lover of the Church and his native land, Pierre notes “France has been called ‘the oldest daughter of the church’ with the first written records of Christians there dating from the 2nd century when Eusebius detailed the martyrdom of many Christians in the 177 AD persecutions in Lyon while Irenaeus was bishop.”

Pierre has been instrumental in fostering ties between CAPP members in France and the USA and also “enjoys opportunities to chaperone students of Saint John’s University on trips to Paris”.


Pierre recently published the second volume of his “A Tour of French History.” The first introduced France, “from a province of Rome to the kingdom of France”. This second volume is centered on the so called “Hundred Years’ War”. “I most enjoyed writing about Jeanne d’Arc as, for many years, we lived not too far from the maiden’s hometown of Domremy.” He is currently researching the failed expeditions of the French kings in Italy during the Renaissance.

Pierre’s books are available on Amazon here and here.
Every true newness is born of the heart, from a conscience illuminated and empowered to true liberty by the living encounter with the One who has said: 'I am the way, and the truth and the life' and 'Apart from me you can do nothing'.”

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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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