Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice (CAPP-USA) Joins Conference in Vatican and meets Pope Francis and Bartholomew 1, Patriarch of Eastern Orthodox Church.

Thirty CAPP-USA members and guests, joined by The Most Reverend Frank Caggiano, Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport, attended the Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Conference, “New Policies and Life-Styles in the Digital Age,” in Rome and at the Vatican on May 24-26, 2018.

Commenting on the relevance of the conference’s topic, Pope Francis said, “One of the challenges linked to this theme is the threat families are facing from uncertain job opportunities and the impact of the digital cultural revolution. As the preparation process for this year’s Synod on Young People has made clear, this is a vital area in which the solidarity of the Church is actively needed.” Pope Francis went on to tell members, “Your own contribution is a privileged expression of the Church’s concern for the future of young people and families.” 

Manifesting the “Pro Pontifice” of CAPP’s name, Pope Francis’ address marked the 25th consecutive meeting and talk with the group by the Holy Fathers. Especially poignant was His Holiness’ personally greeting each one of the 500 people in attendance (see conference videos).

The conference was also highlighted with two addresses on, “A Common Christian Agenda for the Common Good” by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State, Holy See, and His All Holiness Bartholomew I, Archbishop of Constantinople and Ecumenical Patriarch - Eastern Orthodox Church.

Reflecting on these talks, Pope Francis observed, “Indeed this is an activity where ecumenical cooperation is of special importance and the presence of Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople at your Conference is an eloquent sign of this common responsibility”. 

Joining Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, CAPP-USA was honored to have Robert A. Nalewajek, Executive Vice President, deliver the Closing Keynote, “Evangelizing the World with Catholic Social Teaching: A lay Imperative.”  (See videos of all presentations.)

Another highlight was Bishop Caggiano joining Cardinal Domenico Calcagno, President of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See, in celebrating Mass at the Altar of the Chair of St. Peter in Saint Peter’s Basilica. Following Mass, participants processed to the tomb of Saint John Paul II for special prayers.  

For a complete review of the 25th Anniversary conference - all videos and Participant Papers and addresses by Pope Francis, Cardinal Parolin and Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, please
see the Fondazione website (


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