CAPP-Fordham Conference

CAPP Fordham Conference

The biennial CAPP-Fordham Conferences bring together international specialists, authorities and professionals who highlight issues of poverty and development raised by Pope Francis. The conferences, attended by a large and varied group of Catholic and non-Catholic experts, seek to address these issues through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching.

"Fondazione Centesimus Annus - Pro Pontifice" or CAPP was established by Pope John Paul II on 13 June 1993 along with lay Catholic business, academic and professional leaders. The Foundation is a lay-led non-profit-organization with the purpose of promoting the Catholic social teaching. It is headquartered in the Vatican.


2016 Conference:

“Pope Francis’ Call for Escaping Poverty: Practical Examples and New Proposals", Sept 22-23, 2016

The CAPP-Fordham Conference examined the definition and measurement of poverty in order to propose specific, practical efforts which operationalize Pope Francis’ insistence that people “be dignified agents of their own destiny”, as articulated by the Holy Father at the United Nations in 2015.

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Conference Sessions

Pope Francis' Views on International Poverty and Development by Archbishop Bernadito Auza, Permanent Representative of the Holy to the United Nations.

What is Poverty? by Prof. Sabina Alkire, Oxford University.

Fordham's Pope Francis Poverty Index by Prof. Henry Schwalbenberg, Fordham University.

Pope Francis, Development and Human Dignity by His Eminence Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, Catholic Relief Services Foundation Board.

Panel on Inclusive Finance and Entrepreneurial Responses: Domingo Sugranyes Bickel, CAPP; Josef Bonnici, Bank of Malta; Robert Annibale, Citi Inclusive Finance; and Eduardo Marques Almeida, Inter-American Development Bank.

Panel on Violence and Poverty: Paolo Carozza, University of Notre Dame; Nicolas Michel, UN Negotiating Team on Syria, Melissa Labonte, Fordham University, and Amando Borja, Jesuit Refugee Services/USA.

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Woman at the CAPP Fordham Conference

2014 Conference:

"Poverty and Development: A Catholic Perspective", Sept 26-27, 2014

Conference Sessions

Exposition of the Catholic view: “Issues of immediate relief, lasting development and the need for solidarity”
Archbishop Silvano Maria Tomasi, C.S

Introduction to: Examination of “Responding to immediate emergencies”
Cardinal Theodore McCarrick

The “Obligation to Intervene”
General Roméo Dallaire

Relief/Development Efforts - Perspectives from Haiti
Cardinal Chibly Langlois

The suffering and hope of a terrorized Community
Metropolitan Jean-Clément Jeanbart

Immigration: Overcoming its Negative Effects and Maximizing “its positive influence on the communities of origin, transit and destination.”
Reverend Richard Ryscavage, S.J.

“Just and lasting solution(s)…to ensure that an ever greater number of persons are economically independent.” A Catholic view of Development: Structural Issues.
Prof. Paolo G. Carozza

A Catholic view of Development: Insights of economists.
Dr. Henry Schwalbenberg

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View the conference brochure and speaker CVs.

CAPP Fordham Conference 2016