Follow usTwitterFacebook


31 Dec 2015 Q&A Comments (2)

Was I wrong to take the host back to my pew?

Full Question I sit in the first row at Mass because I am hearing-impaired. When visiting a church recently, the usher gestured for me to go up for Communi…

Read more

31 Aug 2016 Uncategorized No comments

Baghdad patriarch urges international community to do more to stop ISIS

Patriarch Sako said Christians are waiting for governments and religious authorities to work together to 'confront and dismantle terrorism' A Patriarch of the …

Read more

23 Oct 2014 USA Comments (1)

We're 'just touching the surface' of St John Paul II's teachings

Washington D.C., Oct 23, 2014 / 05:02 pm .- St. John Paul II's life and teachings offer a witness to love that is so profound it is only beginning to be be mine…

Read more

08 Nov 2014 Q&A Comments (5)

Does the Sunday observance begin on Saturday evening, in imitation of the Jewish sabbath?

Full Question In ancient Judaism the sabbath was from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday. If Sunday is the Christian sabbath, should we celebrate it …

Read more

10 Sep 2015 News Vatican No comments

Church’s mission is not political, says Coptic pope

As Egypt prepares for parliamentary elections, the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church, to which most of the nation’s Christians belong, emphasized that the “Cop…

Read more

27 Jan 2015 Articles Comments (2)

Catholics! Keep Your Trees Up!

New Year’s Day promises two certainties: college football bowl games and Christmas trees on the curb. To Catholics, of course, January 1 is the Solemnity …

Read more

17 Sep 2014 Vatican No comments

Pope Asks for Prayers for Upcoming Trip to Albania

At the end of today's general audience, Pope Francis greeted those present in various languages. In his greetings in Arabic, he addressed the faithful of the Ho…

Read more

08 Apr 2015 Q&A Comments (1)

Why was it necessary for Jesus to have been born of a woman?

Full Question Why was it necessary for Jesus to have been born of a woman? Answer Vatican II responds: The Father of mercies willed that the Inc…

Read more

16 Sep 2014 Vatican No comments

2015 World Meeting of Families Will Help Synod on the Family

The 8th World Day of Families, to be held in Philadelphia from September 22-27, 2015, was presented today in the Holy See Press Office. The theme of the event w…

Read more
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Man must guide technological development, without letting himself be dominated by it : Pope Francis

  • Written by:
  • 1 Reply

Our personal life is highly dependent on the technology that people have developed. Technology has advanced positively with years and it has changed the way we purchase products , the way we live , the way we communicate , the way we travel , and so many other changes too, but with these continuous technological advancements Pope Francis has warned against allowing human beings to be replaced by a soulless machine saying that, “if technology gets too far out of our hands, the planet could slowly turn into “an empty garden for the enjoyment of a chosen few.”

“In the face of profound and epochal changes, world leaders are challenged to ensure that the coming ‘fourth industrial revolution,’ the result of robotics and scientific and technological innovations, does not lead to the destruction of the human person,” the Pope has said.

“There is a need to create new models of doing business which, while promoting the development of advanced technologies, are also capable of using them to create dignified work for all, to uphold and consolidate social rights, and to protect the environment,” he continued.

“Man must guide technological development, without letting himself be dominated by it”

His comments came in a message addressed to Professor Klaus Schwab, founder and president of the World Economic Forum delivered on the first day of the organization’s annual meeting taking place in Davos, Switzerland. The theme of this year’s meeting:  “Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution”

Present at the forum was President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Cardinal Peter Turkson.

In his message which was read out by Cardinal Peter Turkson, the Holy father said that the rise of the “so-called fourth industrial revolution” has been accompanied by a “drastic reduction” in the number of jobs available.

Referring to the latest study conducted by the International Labor Organization, official worldwide unemployment climbed to more than 200 million for the first time last year.

“The financialization and technologization of national and global economies have produced far-reaching changes in the field of labor,” the Pope said, adding that the lack of opportunity for “useful and dignified employment,” coupled with a decline in social security, are causing “a disturbing rise” in both poverty and inequality throughout the world.

Emphasizing on the need to create new ways of doing business that both promote technological advancements, Pope Francis appealed to the economic leaders of the world not to forget the poor saying that this concern is their primary challenge.

“We must never allow the culture of prosperity to deaden us, to make us incapable of feeling compassion at the outcry of the poor, weeping for other people’s pain, and sensing the need to help them, as though all this were someone else’s responsibility and not our own,” he said.


In no uncertain terms Pope Francis tells business leaders to open their eyes, see the misery of the world, the wounds of our brothers and sisters who are denied their dignity, and recognize that we are compelled to heed their cry for help.

He urged them to embrace the opportunities that might unveil during the processes that are currently underway, building “inclusive societies” that is rooted on respect for the human person, tolerance, compassion and mercy.

With a heart filled with an expression of hope, the Holy Father hoped that the meeting would  become a platform from which to advocate for the defense and protection of creation, as well as the achievement of a progress that is “healthier, more human, more social, more integral.”



1 comment

  1. Patrick Gannon Reply

    Perhaps if the Church embraced contraception, we could reduce the number of new people (about 78 million annually) added to the workforce who are competing for fewer jobs. Technology has already given us a partial solution to level off population growth, but the RCC discards it out of hand because it usurps its power over fearful people.

    Technology reduces some jobs, but it creates others. It allows people to create entirely new industries that didn’t exist prior to the technology. All you have to do is look at much of the Islamic world to see what happened when their religion essentially stopped the clock on math and science (precursors to technology) in the 13th century.

    But then the Church has been concerned about technology ever since telescopes forced the sun to stop going around the earth and countered the Church’s teaching that the earth was the center of the universe specifically created by Bible God so that we could worship Him. Since learning we’re not in the middle, technology supporting cosmology, archaeology, geology, biology, evolution, etc. have cut deeply into Bible God’s job description; so I guess it makes sense that the RCC is concerned about it eventually depriving Bible God from gainful employment! (grin)

Leave a Reply

  1. most read post
  2. Most Commented
  3. Choose Categories