Being a Catholic in today’s world has special challenges.  We are called upon to implement the Church’s deep and exquisite social teaching in a progressively antagonistic and secular culture.  

U.S. Catholics require an understanding of and steadfast belief in the Truth, and we must be prepared to communicate this truth in the public square. We need to do so in an informed, correct and compelling way. From debates on issues of life and human dignity, war, migration, health care, and the proper role of government - this pressing need is becoming ever more apparent.    

Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice (CAPP) is a lay-led, pontifical organization. We are privileged by a special relationship with our founder, Blessed John Paul the Great, and his successors to the Chair of Peter, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.  The Holy Father sees CAPP as a vehicle for lay education and evangelization of Catholic social doctrine.

Why is CAPP Unique?

CAPP is a gateway to serving a mission coming directly from the Vicar of Christ. We are invited to join with him, personally, in our Church's efforts. As Pope Benedict said, "I believe that the Church in faced with the challenge of recapturing the Catholic vision of reality and presenting it, in an engaging and imaginative way." CAPP is an important way to meet that challenge. We are about action and 'movement building'.

  • Our founder is a successor of St. Peter; he sat on his chair and is now declared Blessed (Pope John Paul the Great).

  • CAPP as a Pontifical organization is unique in the 2,000-year history of the Church. We have canonical standing in the Church and juridical standing in the Vatican State.

  • CAPP assists the Holy Father in his call for a "New Evangelization."

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