Architect of Vatican’s Financial Transparency at Communion Breakfast, Nov. 8
Joseph F.X. Zahra, vice coordinator of the newly established Council for the Economy of The Holy See and the highest ranking lay member of Pope Francis’ ad-hoc cabinet, will be the featured speaker at the Ninth Annual Communion Breakfast for Business Leaders on Sunday, November 8, 2015, at Fairfield University. The annual breakfast is sponsored by Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice (CAPP) of Fairfield County and Fairfield's Center for Faith and Public Life.
Zahra, whose talk is entitled “Inside the Financial and Administrative Changes at the Vatican: What Pope Francis Wants and Why He is Doing It,” is the former head of Bank of Valletta and a renowned economist who sits on numerous major corporate boards and regularly lectures around the world.
As the most senior lay person in the Curia, Zahra has been at the heart of Pope Francis’ reform initiatives from the beginning and is uniquely positioned to tell this story. Noting that the Vatican’s financial reforms are also meant to provide dioceses around the world with a model they can themselves adopt, Zahra said that “what lies at the heart of Pope Francis’ financial and administrative reorganization of the Vatican is his wish to ensure transparency, simplicity and the efficient use of resources.”
This year’s CAPP Business Leadership Award will be presented at the event to Brian E. Moran (left) of New Canaan, Conn., for his philanthropic work as founder of the Success Foundation Inc., and his efforts on behalf of the Malta Justice Initiative, which advocates for criminal justice reform. He is a member of St. Aloysius Church in New Canaan, Conn.
Moran founded the Success Foundation Inc. in 2003. For five years, SUCCESS (Students Undertaking College-Career Enhancing Study Skills) ran an intensive three-week summer study program at Sacred Heart University for low-income ninth graders with college potential, serving more than 360 students. The program was awarded a Gold CQIA Innovation Prize by the Connecticut Quality Improvement Award Partnership Inc. in 2006.