“The devastating consequences of inequality can no longer be ignored”, pleads Holy See foreign minister Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher
In view of their recent Plenary Assembly, the Presidents of the National European Bishops’ Conferences prepared for the meeting by completing a questionnaire on “The Church during the COVID-19 pandemic” with information from their respective Bishops’ Conferences.
Despite the world’s educational system taking a battering in the COVID-19 pandemic with distance learning, the Vatican has reaffirmed the direct and interpersonal relationship of exchange and dialogue between teachers and students as indispensable for the learning process.
A Vatican cardinal has said that dialogue between science and faith is necessary for integral human development.
In 2018, Pope Francis announced a deal that cleared the way for the reappointment of clergy in China, something that the Vatican described as “a question of great importance for the life” of the Catholic Church.
The Catholic Church held what is being termed as the first online pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes in France.
In its contribution to the ‘Consultation on the White Paper on Artificial Intelligence – A European Approach’, COMECE calls the EU institutions to adopt a human-centric approach to Artificial Intelligence (AI) in order to promote the common good and serve the lives of all human beings both in their personal and community dimensions.
The Vatican Synod Pro-Secretary has warned the Church against the “suicide” of returning to old pastoral models post-COVID-19.
Pax Christi has urged the world to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic with the “the two hands of nonviolence” and say “‘no’ to the false security of weapons and ‘Yes’ to human dignity”.
The Moscow-affiliated Moldovan Orthodox Church has called on the country’s leadership to ensure that a potential future anti-coronavirus vaccine will not be made compulsory, claiming conspiracy by a “world anti-Christ system” that will allegedly insert microchips into humans to control them via 5G technology.
A Franciscan expert is warning of a “dystopia” if society delegates to contact tracing apps its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Vatican education ‘ministry’ has lamented that the digital divide – the gulf between those who have ready access to computers and the Internet, and those who do not – is keeping some children from learning during the coronavirus pandemic.
An Italian archdiocese has warned people locked down over coronavirus against the dangers of digital “drugging”.
A Spanish bishop has hit out at the “bombardment” of the faithful with coronavirus TV broadcast and livestreamed Masses, asking: “Aren’t we treating believers as if they don’t know how to pray, and should depend on the clergy to do so?”
Tech giants IBM and Microsoft today joined the Vatican in calling for greater regulation of facial recognition technology and “algorithmic conditioning” as they jointly signed a document prepared by the Pontifical Academy for Life and known as the ‘Rome Call for AI Ethics’.
The Vatican is calling on artificial intelligence giants (AI) like IBM and Microsoft “to humanise technology and not ‘technologise’ humanity”.
In his Angelus address on Sunday, Pope Francis urged Catholics to dispel the darkness lurking in society, and said the Church cannot abandon her mission of evangelization and service.
Pope Francis issued a plea in the Angelus prayer Sunday morning “to guard and protect human life from its beginning to its natural end”, and also “to oppose every form of violation of dignity, also when technology and the economy are at stake, opening wide the doors to new forms of solidary fraternity”.
A German bishops’ website has promoted the idea of a revision of an “out of date” Catechism and recalled the primacy of conscience in moral decision-making.
The Vatican Permanent Observer to the United Nations in Geneva has warned that despite the presence of conflicts in many places around the globe, the world is “taking peace for granted”.
The Vatican has been forced to patch security holes in its new iOS and Android-compatible ‘smart rosary’ just hours after launching the device.
The benefits to humanity of technological advances depend on the measure those advances are used ethically, the Pope has said.
Would you want a robot for a priest? Like it or not, a $1 million machine named Mindar now preaches in a Buddhist temple in Japan.