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WATCH: Pope cites need of science to focus on people, not things

/ 03:56 PM April 27, 2017
A mural of Pope Francis in the Rome metro station. Image INQUIRER.net Stock Photo

A mural of Pope Francis in the Rome metro station. Image INQUIRER.net stock photo

TED talks are known to feature prominent figures in science, technology and culture. It’s one of the most effective platforms nowadays for getting to first hear about an innovation or a new way of thinking.

In the recently concluded annual TED conference in Vancouver, a surprising figure offered his thoughts on scientific advancements, our future, and our place in it—none other than Pope Francis himself.

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The video was pre-recorded and shot in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, Pope Francis’ home in the Vatican City.

In his talk, Pope Francis emphasized the interconnectedness of every individual, stating that “life is about interactions.” He also pointed out the tendency of progress to label people as mere numbers, disposable and replaceable in what he refers to as the “culture of waste.”

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“How wonderful would it be if the growth of scientific and technological innovation would come along with more equality and social inclusion,” said Pope Francis.

“How wonderful would it be, while we discover faraway planets, to rediscover the needs of the brothers and sisters orbiting around us,” he continued.

The Pope’s speech, not at all a call to cast out science and technology, is rather a simple reminder that in the midst of all technological achievements, we mustn’t forget that the focus should be on people, instead of things.

“The future is in the hands of those who recognize the other as ‘you’ and themselves as a part of an ‘us,’” said Pope Francis.

This is the first time that a Pope has recorded such a speech to address an international conference. His talk has translations in 20 different languages. JB/rga

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