On March 25, FADICA, the Gregorian University Foundation (GUF) and the Leadership Roundtable co-hosted a meeting with Fr. Hans Zollner, SJ, to learn firsthand about the Vatican’s ongoing work to address sexual abuse within the Church.  Fr. Zollner, a theologian and psychologist, is president of the Centre for Child Protection at the Pontifical Gregorian University and a key advisor to Pope Francis on sexual abuse.  He was also part of the organizing team for the February 2019 Vatican meeting of bishops on the Protection of Minors in the Church. At the New York City gathering, Fr. Zollner shared some of the critical next steps in the wake of that global meeting.  

The Centre works to build a culture of safety within the Church, and educates and trains church personnel from around the world in safeguarding best practices -- through both in person and e-learning programs.  Fr. Zollner described the importance of fully confronting the impact of abuse, a major goal of the February Vatican summit, and at the same time providing safeguarding training and adopting procedures protect minors. 

The March gathering emerged from FADICA’s fall 2018 pilgrimage to Rome, during which FADICA members participated in a workshop at the Gregorian University on child protection organized by Fr. Zollner and his Centre and University colleague Sr. Karolin Kuhn.

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Washington, D.C. - Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA), the leading network of Catholic philanthropists in the U.S., has chosen B.J. Cassin (of Los Altos) as the 2019 recipient of its St. Katharine Drexel Award for exemplary contributions to Catholic philanthropy.

FADICA's report that studies what Catholic colleges and universities across the U.S. are doing to combat human trafficking has been featured in a new article by National Catholic Reporter on January 11, 2019, National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Agents of Awakening: Review of Anti-Human Trafficking Activities at U.S. Catholic Colleges and Universities was spearheaded by FADICA's International Philanthropy Working Group, in which FADICA members take action on international, critical areas of concern for Catholic philanthropists.

Over 40 FADICA members made pilgrimage to Rome November 4-9 and engaged in opportunities for prayer, reflection, and dialogue with prominent Vatican and Rome-based Catholic leaders on diverse timely issues.

U.S. Catholic Sisters against Human Trafficking (USCSAHT), whose founding was helped to be catalyzed by FADICA, hosted the first-ever hemispheric-wide conference of Talitha Kum anti-trafficking networks on Oct. 24 – 27 in Cleveland, Ohio. Borders Are Not Barriers was a four-day conference that brought together representatives from anti-trafficking networks in North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean, and other experts to build capacity for more effective and coordinated work.