Session 2 Major Panel 2 (b)

And the Greatest is Love: Pope Francis on 1 Cor 13

11:30 - 12:30    Major Panel 2(b) And the Greatest is Love: Pope Francis on 1 Cor 13
(Hall 8A) -  IT 🎧 EN, ES, FR 

Moderator: Linda Ghisoni, Under-Secretary, Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life.

• Anna and Alberto Friso, Focolare Movement, Italy 
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• Tommaso and Giulia Cioncolini, Bishop’s Conference Office of Family, Italy

• Lidia Borzi and Andrea Alessi, ACLI, Italy 
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St Paul’s treatment of love is among the most celebrated in Scripture: “And now faith, hope and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love” (1 Cor 13:13). This panel discussion reflects on Pope Francis’ treatment of 1 Cor 13 in Amoris Laetitia in which he attempts to get us to see our families and their significance in God’s plan – as “love is experienced and nurtured in the daily life of couples and their children” (AL, 90).


Linda Ghisoni, Under-Secretary, Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

Linda Ghisoni, from Italy, is married and is the mother of two daughters. She obtained the Vordiplom in Philosophy and Theology in Tübingen (Germany) and a Doctorate in Canon Law at the Gregorian University, Rome, and is a lawyer of the Roman Rota. From 1996 to 2017 she worked as Notary, Auditor and Judge in the Courts of First Instance and Appeals of the Vicariate of Rome. She has been Defender of the bond at the Tribunal of the Roman Rota, and Commissioner for the Defense of the bond at the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Sacraments. She teaches Canon Law at the Gregorian University and in the Department of Law of the Università degli Studi RomaTre. In 2017 she was nominated Under-Secretary for the Laity at the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life and in 2018, Consultor of the C.D.F. 

 Anna and Alberto Friso, Focolare Movement, Italy

Anna and Alberto Friso are members of the Focolare Movement. Since their marriage in 1966 they worked in the Pastoral Care for Families in the Diocese of Padua, Italy. In 1982 they moved to Rome to collaborate with the Secretariat of New Families section of the Focolare Movement. Alberto is one of the Founders of the National Forum of Families Association (1993), where he acted as Vice President for three years. Since 1994 they have been first consultants and then members of the Pontifical Council for the Family. In 1998 they founded AFN (New Families Association), a non-profit organization with 98 projects for disadvantaged children in 52 countries. From 2008-2014 they are Directors for the International New Families Movement. Anna studied ethics at the Lateran University, Rome. Alberto is a Sociologist. They work and live at the Focolare's International Center. They have 4 children and 12 nieces and nephews.

Tommaso and Giulia Cioncolini, Bishop’s Conference Office of Family, Italy

Tommaso and Giulia Cioncolini were both born in 1980. They met in 2000 on the occasion of the World Youth Day at Tor Vergata, Rome. Tommaso is from a small town near Florence, Tuscany, and Giulia is from Jesi in the province of Le Marche. They have been living in Jesi for over ten years, where they were married in October 2007. They have two girls, Chiara and Marta, aged five and two. Their experience of parenting has been a fascinating story full of mystery and surprises. It  began with the initial difficulties of having a child and then with the most beautiful gift of the birth of their daughter Chiara on September 8, 2013. It continued three years later, again on September 8, with the arrival of Marta. Giulia is a social worker who works in the field of immigration and minors, while Tommaso works as a teacher.

 Lidia Borzi and Andrea Alessi, ACLI, Italy

Married for twenty-three years, without children, generative in social commitment. Lidia and Andrea are complementary, both in life and work. Their family strength is based on their different personalities. 
After a Social Science and Not-for-Profit degree, Lidia took a Master's degree in Development and Management of Social Projects. She has extensive experience in the third sector, both technically and politically. She is experienced in social planning and involved in policies against poverty and job policies. Lidia is President of ACLI in Rome, in charge of National Acli Institutions Department. In 2008, as responsible for National Family Policies, she created Acli Family Point, with 140 throughout Italy. 
From 2009 -2015 she was a member of Management Committee of Family Associations Forum, and in this role, she took part in several initiatives with the Pontifical Family Council. Andrea is an Engineering graduate. He manages a large multinational and supports Lidia personally and with the application of his management skills to the social context. 


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