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As a medical professional, Lourdes holds a special fascination for me. The countless miraculous healings that have occurred – physical and spiritual – make it a major pilgrimage site. I have many friends and colleagues who have been and they attest to the divine presence there.

Especially intriguing is that our Blessed Mother revealed the messages of Lourdes to a simple peasant girl, Bernadette who did not have the education or background to understand what was being imparted, especially confirmation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.

The closest I’ve gotten to Lourdes is the replica in the Vatican Gardens, where Mass was held the first time I attended a FCAPP Conference in 2008. But making the pilgrimage is high on my ‘bucket list’.

Let us also recall the third statement of the Virgin: “I do not promise to make you happy in this world but in the other” and take great solace and hope in that.

The Lord indeed works in mysterious ways - let us always be open to recognizing the miracles around us!

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

Yours in Christ,


Frederick F. Fakharzadeh


We join the universal Church in mourning the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Reigning from 2005-2013, Pope Benedict XVI gave of his many gifts—as a theologian, a scholar, and a man of faith—in service of the Church.

We were privileged to meet with Pope Benedict six times during his Pontificate  (Papal Addresses to Capp) and especially remember his first words to us:

“I would like to express to each of you my appreciation and my gratitude for your service to the Successor of Peter and for the generosity with which you support his apostolic activity.

The very name of your Foundation clearly indicates your appreciated goals. (Centesimus Annus) recalls John Paul II's last great social Encyclical with which the unforgettable Pontiff, summing up 100 years of the Magisterium in this context, planned the Church's advancement by encouraging her to analyze the res novae ['new things'] of the third millennium. Centesimus Annus says further that your committed collaboration assists the Church to carry out her task of spreading the Gospel in a clearly visible way through her social teaching in the various cultural areas of the contemporary world.

The qualification Pro Pontifice stresses in turn your intention to foster a particular closeness to the pastoral role of the Bishop of Rome and engages you, according to your own possibilities, to sustain the concrete instruments he needs in order to enliven and extend the Church's presence throughout the world.” (Pope Benedict XVI Address to FCAPP in 2006) 


CAPP-USA Annual Board Meeting

Meeting on January 20th the CAPP-USA board and Ecclesiastical Counselors discussed extensive plans for promoting the knowledge and practice of Catholic Social Teaching, the mission given us by our founder, Pope St. John Paul II, 30 years ago in June.

The overall thrust will be on developing programming, building staff and creating networks that promote Catholic Social Teaching while establishing CAPP as the authoritative voice of Magisterial CST for the Church in the USA.

We invite you to view details HERE >>



CAPP's 30th Anniversary

The 30th anniversary of CAPP's founding by St. John Paul II will take place on June 5th and 6th at the Vatican. Marking the exact date of CAPP's creation, events on 5 June include Mass at St. Peter's, a keynote lecture by Cardinal Parolin, and an audience with Pope Francis.

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


FCAPP announced a scholarship competition with a prize of up to €20,000. Open to graduate students working on the study and application of new models of socio-economic development - in line with the principles of the Social Doctrine of the Church - the competition has been promoted to many US institutions. Please pass along the announcement to any student/institutional program you believe would qualify.



J.B. has been dedicated to achieving global food security for more than 55 years while visiting more than 50 countries.

At Mars, Incorporated J.B. served as Special Representative for Food Security, Nutrition & Safety and helped build UN partnerships to mitigate impacts of unsafe food, food loss/waste, and environmental challenges.

J.B. also served with the U.S. Congress’ Office of Technology Assessment as Food Program Manager and Board Staff member for Senator Hubert H. Humphrey.

J.B. remains engaged with the African Orphan Crops Consortium, training African scientists to adapt local crops for sustainable foods sources. He also assists the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) with strengthening collaboration between business and public organizations.

“These efforts reflect and fulfill 12 years of Jesuit education that shaped my intellectual and spiritual development.”

Joining in 2018 J.B. observes, “CAPP provides an ongoing reminder that Catholic Social Teaching is the backbone of a just ordering of society.”


The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration presents firsthand accounts of black citizens leaving the south to begin new lives in the north and west. J.B. says, “As someone whose formative years were lived in the Deep South and later adult life in the north, and around the world, this book holds much meaning.”
To defend the truth, to articulate it with humility and conviction, and to bear witness to it in life are exacting and indispensable forms of charity.”
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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