#PopeFrancis Sets Precedence Appointing 2 Lay Women to #Vatican Office

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In a Vatican communique on 7 November, Pope Francis has reportedly appointed two lay women as the first two undersecretaries of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. The appointment will make Dr. Gabriella Gambino — for the section on life; and Dr. Linda Ghisoni — for the section on laity, two of the most powerful women at the Holy See.

The Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, formed after the Pontifical Council for the Laity and the Pontifical Council for the Family were dissolved, started operating on 1 September 2016. The appointment of Gambino and Ghisoni is widely seen as a step by the Vatican to better define the leadership of the dicastery, which curently includes Father Alexandre Awi Mello and prefect Cardinal Kevin Farrell.

According to the Vatican, the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life is responsible for projects relating to the apostolate of laity, families, and the institution of marriage, within the Church. it is also the Vatican body responsible for organizing international events, including the World Meeting of Families next August in Dublin, UK.

Dr. Gabriella Gambino, 49, is currently a professor at the John Paul II Pontifical Theological Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences, a professor of bioethics at the Faculty of Philosophy, and a researcher and associate professor in the philosophy of law at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata.” She holds a doctorate in bioethics from the Institute of Bioethics at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome.

Dr. Linda Ghisoni, 52, works as a judge at the First Instance Court of the Vicariate of Rome, as a professor of canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University, and as a professor of law at Roma Tre University. She studied philosophy and theology at the Eberhard-Karls-University in Tübingen, Germany.

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