The Vatican, May 18-20, 2017

New Synod Hall, Vatican City

(Petriano Gate Entrance, Piazza Sant’Uffizio, left colonnade of St. Peter’s Square)



Job Creation and Human Integrity in the Digital Space – Incentives for Solidarity and Civic Virtue

 “It is my hope that your Conference will contribute to generating new models of economic progress more clearly directed to the universal common good, inclusion and integral development, the creation of labour and investment in human resources”

Pope Francis, Address to the Fondazione Centesimus Annus pro Pontifice, May 13th, 2016 

Thursday May 18th

10:00  Opening prayer and session

H.E. Cardinal Domenico Calcagno, President of APSA

Domingo Sugranyes Bickel, Chairman of the Board, CAPP Foundation

Giovanni Marseguerra, Coordinator of the CAPP Scientific Committee

10:30  General Introduction on the Conference Themes

Alfredo Pastor, Member of CAPP Scientific Committee

11:00 Session 1: Facing the Scandal of Youth Unemployment: Opportunities and Education in a Digital Age

Chaired by Paolo Garonna, Member of CAPP Scientific Committee

Speaker: James Bessen, entrepreneur and lecturer at Boston University Law School, Author of Learning by Doing. Download slides


Carlo d’Asaro Biondo, President, Google Europe-Middle East-Africa
Raúl Gonzalez Fabre SJ, Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid
Oliver Röthig, European Regional Secretary, UNI Global Union

Debate among panel members and questions from the floor

13:00  Light Lunch

14:30  Debate: Presentation of local group reports

Chaired by Alois Konstantin Prince of Löwenstein


International ‘Economy and Society’ Award Ceremony

Palazzo Cancelleria, Piazza della Cancelleria 1

Chaired by H.E. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State

Speeches by H.E. Cardinal Reinhard Marx, President of International Award Jury Award and by author of award winning book

Key note speech by Sister Helen Alford OP, Vice Dean Faculty of Social Sciences, Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), on Catholic Social Teaching in a Digital Age

Social event at Palazzo Doria Pamphilj – Via del Corso 304
Key note speaker Delia Gallagher, CNN Vatican correspondent
Friday, May 19th

09:00  Meditation led by HE Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, International Assistant, CAPP Foundation

09:45  Special briefing on Vatican financial transparency reforms

Speaker: René Brülhart, President, Vatican Financial Information Authority

10:30  Session 2: The fight against Human Smuggling and Economic Crime

Chaired by Antonio Maria Costa, Member of CAPP Scientific Committee

Speaker: Raymond W. Baker, Global Financial Integrity


Ernie Allen, former President, International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children
Marco Impagliazzo, President of Sant’Egidio and promoter of humanitarian corridors
Max-Peter Ratzel, former Director of Europol

Debate among panel members and questions from the floor

12:30  General debate on the work of the CAPP Foundation

Chaired by Domingo Sugranyes Bickel, Chairman of the Board, CAPP Foundation


Giovanni Marseguerra, CAPP Scientific Committee Coordinator
Adrian Pabst, Member and Secretary of CAPP Scientific Committee
Alfredo Pastor, CAPP Scientific Committee
Anna Maria Tarantola, CAPP Board member and Delegate of the Board for the Scientific Committee

13:30 Light Lunch

15:00  Session 3: Incentivizing Solidarity and Civic Virtue

Chaired by Adrian Pabst, Member and Secretary of CAPP Scientific Committee

Speaker: Lord Robert Skidelsky, Economist, author of How Much is Enough?


Luigino Bruni, Philosopher and Economist, LUMSA Rome and Sophia Institute, Loppiano
Luigi Gubitosi, Extraordinary Commissioner – Alitalia S.p.A.
Jean Sung, Head of The Philanthropy Centre, Asia J.P. Morgan Private Bank
Bishop Paul Tighe, Adjunct Secretary, Pontifical Council for Culture
Debate among panel members and questions from the floor

16:45  Presentation of VSF Network (Voluntary Solidarity Funds)

Pascal Duval, Chairman of VSF Steering Committee

17:00  Concluding session

Chaired by Domingo Sugranyes Bickel, Chairman of the Board of CAPP Foundation


Marcella Panucci, General Director, Confindustria
HE Mons. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin

Saturday, May 20th

09:00 Holy Mass celebrated by H.E. Card. Domenico Calcagno  – Church of Maria Madre della Famiglia, Palazzo del Governatorato, Vatican

10:30  Presentation of initiatives implemented by the Holy See to protect Christians and other religious minorities in different parts of the world

Archbishop Paul R. Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States, Secretariat of State, Vatican – Sala Regia

Private Audience with His Holiness Pope Francis – Sala Clementina

Address to the Holy Father by CAPP Foundation Chairman D. Sugranyes Bickel

Address of His Holiness Pope Francis to Participants in CAPP Foundation International Conference



Summary Report 2017 International Conference


Post Conference Program

Transfer to Castel Gandolfo for a Special Presentation on the 125th Anniversary of the ‘Specola Vaticana’ (Vatican Observatory)

Fr. Paul Mueller SJ, Vice Director, Vatican Observatory


Radio Vaticana Service – International Conference 2017


The Madrid Conclusions on a Digital Economy for the Common Good

 Contribution from CAPP Local groups

Session 1

Contribution from CAPP Bologna Group

Contribution from CAPP Cagliari Group

Contribution from CAPP Germania Group

Contribution from CAPP Madrid Group

Contribution from CAPP Milano Group

Contribution from CAPP Turin Group

Contribution from CAPP UK Group

Session 2

Contributio from CAPP Cagliari Group

Contribution form CAPP Germany Group

Contribution from CAPP Milan Group

Contribution from CAPP Treviso Group

Contribution form CAPP USA

Session 3

Contribution form CAPP Germany Group

Contribution form CAPP Malta Group