He has been a member of the Italian parliament since 26 February 2013, and most recently he became president of the XII committee for social affairs. Up until February 2016, he was vice president of?the parliamentary committee of inquiry on the system of acceptance and identification and the conditions of detention of migrants in reception centers, in reception centers for asylum seekers and centers for identification and expulsion (CIE). Moreover, he has served as president of the standing committee for human rights, and has also been a member of the committe for the orientation and oversight of radio and television services, as well as of the III committe for foreign and European community affairs.
His passionate civic commitment has earned him a reputation of international relevance in the fight for the defence of human rights and social integration. Previously, he has carried out tasks of great responsability in the fields of media communication, interfaith dialogue and international cooperation between different healthcare systems. In addition, he wrote several books and articles aimed at sensitizing public opinion on delicate social issues, such as the abolition of death penalty and the role of Catholic ethics in the age of globalization.