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As some of you know, I am a convert to Catholicism. Fourteen years ago on Holy Thursday I observed a beautiful expression of the humility, self-sacrifice, and service central to being a Christian: our elderly pastor kneeled and washed the feet of several parishioners. It was such a visible, tangible expression of following the example of Christ.

His act intensely resonated with me, strongly validating my decision to become Catholic which, after months of preparation, I did two nights later -- fully entering into communion with the Catholic Church.

May we always try to emulate this fundamental teaching of Jesus’.

I wish you and your families a most blessed Easter Triduum!

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

Yours in Christ,


Frederick F. Fakharzadeh

Which are the Poorest Counties in the World?


The answer might surprise you.

Fordham University’s Pope Francis Global Poverty Index was created in response to an invitation by CAPP-USA to create a practical tool for assessing Pope Francis’ call, at the U.N., for the international community to recognize that poverty comes in several forms: material, moral and spiritual. Measuring areas identified by Pope Francis (Food, Water, Employment, Housing, Education, Gender Discrimination and Religious Freedom) the Index provides a complete view of poverty.

So, what are the 10 poorest countries in the world using Catholic social teaching principles? See page 43.




CAPP 30th Anniversary


The 30th anniversary of CAPP's founding by St. John Paul II will take place in Rome on Monday and Tuesday June 5th and 6th, the exact dates of CAPP's creation.  Events will include Mass at St. Peter's, an address by Cardinal Parolin, and an audience with the Holy Father

Details are at the links, and I encourage you to join us in Rome for this wonderful celebration.




More Women's Leadership for a Better World:

“One of the first messages that I wanted to give to the Church from the very start of my pontificate”. - Pope Francis

Capping a two-year, joint project with a global Association of Catholic Research Universities on the role of women in leadership, an initiative Pope Francis called a “hitherto unprecedented collaboration between a number of Catholic universities worldwide and a Vatican Foundation entirely made up of laypersons” the group launched its report in book form with its introduction by Pope Francis.

The next day the group met with the Holy Father who told us our collaboration represented “a new and significant process whose rich content derives from the contribution of experiences, competencies, diverse and complementary ways of listening and approaches [which] exemplifies a multidisciplinary and multicultural effort with the sharing of different sensibilities: values important not only for a book, but also for a better world”.

Please take the time to read the Holy Father's full address.

Vatican News also covered the gathering. READ MORE >> 


“Division, segregation and poverty are social realities, but we as Christians must never accept them as God-given.”

So says the ‘summary of proceedings’ of the German Chapter’s ‘Annual General Assembly’ which coincided with their traditional ‘Frankfurt Study Day’ on February 11th, 2023.

Building on keynote talks by Prof. Dr. Werner Schönig (Katho-University in Cologne) and Father Philipp Meyer OSB and addressing Counteracting the division of society with Christian Social Ethics we invite you to read the excellent summary of their event.



CAPP Canada, in conjunction with the Saint Monica Institute of the Archdiocese of Toronto and the Newman Center of McGill University, has launched a three-part workshop series on Catholic Social Teaching: The Solution to Polarization.

The first workshop was on 25 March with two more (by Dr. John Zucchi on “Care for the Environment and Human Dignity” on April 22 and Alexandre Havard on “Magnanimity: A Virtue for Polarized Times” on May 27) to follow. We invite you to register for these informative events.



Anna is an attorney who specializes in providing civil legal services for the poor. For nearly forty years she has worked within the legal and social services system to access public benefits for her clients.

“My professional life is a combination of my spirituality and an attempt to implement Catholic social teaching in my legal practice.”

Anna, a CAPP member for many years says, “I was always interested in Catholic social teaching and how it relates to the social services and the justice system.”

And “I credit the deeper understanding I gained of this to attending the weeklong CAPP-USA/The Catholic University of America Certificate Program in Catholic Social Teaching.”

Anna says she enjoys “spending time with friends and family, watching football (I have been a New York Giants fan since childhood) and college basketball (Seton Hall Pirates). Time in daily prayer - even during hectic days – is also key.”

[D]iversity must never end up in inequality, but in grateful mutual acceptance.”
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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