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Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice Foundation

30th Anniversary Celebration

Memory to build the future:
“Thinking and acting in terms of community” (FT,116)

Vatican City 5 - 6 June 2023 (New Synod Hall)

This year the Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice Foundation celebrates its 30th anniversary: 1993-2023. Established by a chirograph of St. John Paul II on 5 June 1993, today it is present in 4 continents, in 15 countries, and operates through 18 local and 13 national groups with approximately 350 members. The Foundation takes its origin and name from the Encyclical Letter Centesimus Annus promulgated by Pope John Paul II on 1 May 1991. This reference indicates its inspiring idea and purpose: a particular adherence to papal teaching in the social field and a convinced support for the Holy Father's numerous charitable initiatives.

Memory to build the future: “Thinking and acting in terms of community” (Ft, 116)
This is the title of the upcoming international conference, to take place on 5 and 6 June in the New Synod Hall. A title that contains both the history and the future of the Foundation. "A conference that, starting from the awareness of the journey made in thirty years of activity, looks at the next steps to be taken both at the level of local groups in the territories and how to realize its mission in the future," explains Anna Maria Tarantola, president of the Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice Foundation. She adds that: "The Foundation's charism has always been oriented towards the daily commitment to work as lay people according to the principles of the Social Doctrine of the Church: values that are a constant reminder of peace, ethics, democracy, solidarity, the fight against poverty and inequality for a development oriented towards the common good".

On the occasion of the conference, the book dedicated to “Thirty years of papal messages to Centesimus Annus” will be presented. The text constitutes a guide for the future action of the Foundation, proposing a framework for the evolution of the Social Doctrine of the Church through the discourses of the Pontiffs.

The conference programme will be divided into two parts:

In the morning of 5 June, after Holy Mass to be celebrated by Cardinal Mauro Gambetti, there will be a report from Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin. Immediately afterwards, the participants will be received in a private audience with Pope Francis. The afternoon will be devoted to the work of the various local groups of the Foundation.

On the second day, 6 June, authoritative representatives of church institutions and members of the Foundation playing a responsible role in academia, the business and credit worlds, the non-profit sector and international voluntary work, as well as those who have served as presidents of the Foundation, take turns at the speakers' table.



Journalists and media workers who intend to participate in the international conference in the New Synod Hall, on Monday 5 June from 15.00 and Tuesday 6 June from 9.00, must apply within 24 hours of the event, exclusively via the Holy See Press Office online accreditation system, at press.vatican.va/accreditamenti



Monday 5 June 2023

7. 15 a.m. Collection of the entry pass for the Holy Mass and the Audience with the Holy Father

8.00 a.m. Holy Mass presided by H.E. Cardinal Mauro Gambetti, O.F.M. to be held at the Altar of St. Peter's Chair

10.00 a.m. Keynote Lecture by H.E. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State for the Holy See

11.00 a.m. Audience with the Holy Father at the Apostolic Palace

Lunch (free time)
2.00 – 2.45 p.m. Accreditation
3.00 - 6.00 p.m. General Assembly
3.00 - 3.20 p.m. Chairwoman's introduction, Professor Anna Maria Tarantola 3.20 - 3.30 p.m. Presentation of the 2022 CAPPF financial results
3.30 - 5.30 p.m. Presentations of various initiatives by the Chapters

Moderator: Professor Giovanni Marseguerra, Coordinator of the CAPPF Scientific Committee

8.00 p.m. Apertif at Sant’Egidio Community, Via della Paglia 14c 8.30 p.m. Social Dinner at Sant'Egidio Community

Tuesday 6 June 2023

Presided by H.E. Msgr. Claudio Maria Celli, CAPPF International Ecclesiastical Counsellor

9.30 -10.30 a.m. First Session
Presentation of the volume: "30 years of papal messages to Centesimus Annus

Pro - Pontifice"
A guide for future action; the evolution of the Social Teaching of the Church

in the Holy Fathers' addresses to CAPPF over the years
Moderator: Monica Maggioni, Journalist, R.A.I. - Italian State radio and television network

H.E. Msgr. Nunzio Galantino, President of A.P.S.A. - Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See
H.E. Cardinal Matteo Maria Zuppi, President of the Italian Episcopal Conference Prof. Stefano Zamagni, Economist, Professor of Economic Sciences at the Alma Mater University of Bologna
Prof. Alberto Quadrio Curzio, Professor Emeritus of Political Economy at the Sacro Cuore Catholic University of Milan and past Chair of the Scientific Committee of CAPPF

9.00 a.m. Meditation

10.30 - 11.30 a.m. Second Session

How Centesimus Annus interpreted and accomplished its mission

Round table with the past and present Chairs of the Foundation and with the International Ecclesiastical Counsellor

Moderator: Christopher White, Vatican Correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter


Roberto Mazzotta (1993 - 1997)
Lorenzo Rossi di Montelera (1997 - 2009) Domingo Sugranyes Bickel (2009 - 2019) Anna Maria Tarantola (2019)

H.E. Msgr. Claudio Maria Celli

11.30 - 12.00 a.m. Coffee break

12.00 - 1.00 p.m. Third Session

The Foundation's future action in the territories: how the chapters interpret their role in the various territories for the future

Moderator: Loup Besmond de Senneville, Vatican correspondent for La Croix Discussants:

• • • • • •

1.00 - 1.30 -

Ulrich Schürenkrämer, CAPPF German Chapter
Frederick Fakharzadeh, CAPPF USA Chapter
David Cheboryot, nascent CAPPF East African Chapter Alberto Neri, CAPPF Bologna Chapter
Alessandro Rizzo/Federico Bonomi, CAPPF Rome Chapter Luca Filagrana/Elisabetta Bernardi, CAPPF Trento Chapter

1.30 p.m. Q&A Session 3.00 p.m. Buffet lunch

3.00 - 4.30 p.m. Fourth Session
The future of Centesimus Annus: the view of some of the members (Fratelli

Tutti in Action)

Round Table Moderator: Ludwig Ring-Eifel, Senior correspondent and Head of the Vatican office of the Catholic news agency a German language news agency covering Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Professor Giovanni Marseguerra, Vice-Rector for Academic Programs and Professor of Political Economy at the Sacro Cuore Catholic University of Milan and Coordinator of the CAPPF Scientific Committee

Professor Gian Maria Gros-Pietro, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Banca Intesa Sanpaolo and a founding member of CAPPF

Roman Lavault, General partner and Executive board member of an international venture capital firm specialized in digital technology

Stephanie zu Loewenstein, CEO of Fuerst Loewenstein Group and member of the Children’s Hospice Foundation in Germany

Riccardo Braglia, Executive Chairman of the Helsinn Group, operating in the healthcare sector and a philanthropist active in Africa through the family foundation, Fondazione Nuovo Fiore in Africa

4.30 – 6.30 p.m. Fifth Session

The future of CAPPF

4.30 - 4.50 p.m. Keynote speech: Thomas Heine-Geldern, Executive President, Aid to the Church in Need, ACN International:

“The future of CAPPF for the Church in need”

4.50 - 5.20 p.m. Q&A Session
5.20 – 5.40 p.m. Chairwoman‘s conclusions, Professor Anna Maria Tarantola 5.40 – 6.00 p.m. A short musical interlude