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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.


2018 Conference:

Reduce Hunger: Pope Francis' Call for New Approaches
September 28, 2018 | 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

A Conference and a Challenge!

Pope Francis issued a challenge in his 2017 World Food Day address at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) where he encouraged a "broad and sincere dialogue...to find new ways...the best solutions...to confront hunger and structural poverty in a more effective and promising way."

Responding to this challenge, CAPP-USA and Fordham University's Graduate Program in International Political Economy and Development are hosting world experts at a conference with the challenge to identify "concrete actions" to "reduce the number of those going hungry...to guarantee to all human beings the right to be nourished."

CAPP Fordham Conference 2016

2016 Conference

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.

View a full report of the conference.

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.

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.

Learn about our 2016 program.