In a letter addressed to Benedict XVI, the central directors of the Focolare’s New Families Movement, Alberto and Anna Friso write:
“The families of the Focolare Movement were deeply moved by the announcement of the Holy Father’s resignation.
The memory is still fresh in our minds of that day when you wished to give solemnity to the 40th anniversary of the New Families Movement by receiving us in special audience at the Clementine Salon on November 3, 2007.
Your words traced a line of light for our Movement and for the world of the family.
Certain that love for the family will continue in your heart, the New Families wish to express their most heartfelt thanks!”