- 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.
As part of its ongoing collaboration with two of the world’s leading developers of AI software, the Pontifical Academy for Life will launch a new joint project looking at ethical ways artificial intelligence can be used to guarantee food security.
More bishops are pleading with their governments to give priority to ethically developed coronavirus vaccines, but many also are telling Catholics that not getting vaccinated is a more serious moral problem than using the problematic vaccines.
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 Italian health ministry’s liberalization of recommendations for using RU-486 to induce an abortion is a further sign that the government is moving away from its promise to help women and families facing an unplanned pregnancy, the Pontifical Academy for Life said.