- Dec 3, 2020
Representatives of the Vatican and several major tech companies have expressed a common conviction that the heightened dependence on technology amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has opened the door to innovations in artificial intelligence aimed at solving the world’s most pressing issues.
Italy’s Ministry for Health announced Monday that it had formed a new commission for elderly care in light of the coronavirus pandemic, and that the Vatican’s top official on life issues, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, had been tapped as its president.
The president of the Pontifical Academy for Life said Catholic groups need to use mercy and compassion in anti-abortion campaigns as they seek to “transform” those who do not support the rights of unborn children.
As the United States presidential elections draw nearer and candidates on both sides tout their position on life issues as reasons for their electability, the Vatican’s top official in the area has cautioned against turning life into an ideological weapon.
The Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life came to its own defense Wednesday, issuing a statement insisting its new document on the coronavirus doesn’t use specifically Christian vocabulary because it was trying to communicate “in a way accessible to all.”
The global COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted humanity’s vulnerability and interdependence, as well as serious social and economic inequalities, the Pontifical Academy for Life said in a new document.