Philanthropy Roundtable celebrates givers

When Frank Hanna received the Simon Prize in 2007, he celebrated in his remarks the ability of philanthropy to serve as “truth funding.” Since then, he says, he has “become even more convinced of this premise,” and has concentrated his personal giving on exposing both children and adults to what he sees as fundamental, eternal truths. He has supported character education, funded Catholic and charter schools, and established programs at colleges and universities.

In recent years, Hanna has turned to cinema to bring ethics and eternal truths to even larger audiences. In 2011, he

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CUF reviews What Your Money Means

Frank Hanna’s What Your Money Means: And How to Use it Well is a refreshingly well-presented, popular exposition of classical ethical teaching on wealth and responsibility.

He writes to appeal to the widest possible audience, but his endnotes and certain references throughout the text reveal Hanna’s own Catholicism and the deep debt he owes to Catholic social teaching for the principles he elucidates.

In this very personal work, Hanna explains that upon making a fortune in the business world at a relatively young age, he set himself to discover what enduring principles applied to such wealth. The present volume is the product of that quest.

The book addresses everything from the difference between non-essential wealth and the amount required to permit us to fulfill the duties of our state in life, to the universal destination of goods, ending with some practical guidelines on how to implement the duty of tithing prudently. The conversational tone allows the reader to be led through some profound truths with relative ease. Hanna often directs his text towards those of his

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Vatican exhibits ancient Gospels

For the first time in history tourists can now stroll through the halls of the Vatican library and sit quietly to read an ancient manuscript thanks to a new exhibition. “Understanding the Vatican Library: a History Open to the Future,” shows how the library works and toward putting an end to the idea of its mysteriousness and inaccessibility. For the event the Vatican will hold a conference to publicize the library, which has already signed more than 350 experts to participate. 

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Hanna promotes virtue in business

WASHINGTON — Business leaders should embrace virtues like solidarity and mutual dependence among their business partners, employees, customers and broader communities in order to bring wealth to everyone, a Catholic businessman said.

“As Catholics, we must not merely speak words like solidarity — rather, we need to think deeply about what they

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Hanna speaks at Eucharistic Congress

COLLEGE PARK, GA: With word, song, action and art, the speakers in the English track of the 2013 Eucharistic Congress inspired and informed the thousands gathered to listen and learn. The six presenters touched on the themes of the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, the importance of Scripture, the call to holiness and the role of Mary. Those

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Hanna speaks about Catholic education

 Last summer, Frank Hanna, who is the CEO of Hanna Capital, LLC, and has been in venture capital and merchant banking for over two decades, addressed Catholic leaders at the Napa Institute in a talk entitled "Catholic Education in the Next America: Where Do We Go From Here?"

National Catholic Register editor in chief Jeanette De Melo spoke with Hanna, a board member of EWTN and the Napa Institute, about the state of Catholic education and what Catholics can do about it.

How did you become involved in education?

For many of us, when we are in college, we start thinking about what we want to do with our lives. I’ve always been very interested in what we Catholics would call the public good — the common good. During college, I was very interested in politics, and I still remain interested in politics, but I realized

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