The Washington Post reports:
Pope Francis used a world forum dedicated to promoting cutting-edge ideas to spread his own revolutionary message: “We all need each other.”
“When there is an ‘us,’ there begins a revolution,” the world’s most powerful religious leader told the room of scientists, academics, tech innovators, investors and cultural elites in a surprise videotaped message at the international TED conference Tuesday evening.
Keeping with the intent of the week-long conference to share strategies to make the world better, Francis’s contribution to that conversation was to urge the people gathered here to use their influence and power to care for others.
“How wonderful would it be if the growth of scientific and technological innovation would come along with more equality and social inclusion,” he said to applause. “How wonderful would it be, while we discover faraway planets, to rediscover the needs of the brothers and sisters orbiting around us.”
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He also called for a “revolution of tenderness,” explaining: “Tenderness means to use our hands and our heart to comfort the other, to take care of those in need.”
On the problems of global consumerism, he told the audience: “Only by educating people to a true solidarity will we be able to overcome the culture of waste,” adding that the issue was not just about food and goods but also “people who are cast aside by our techno-economic systems which, without even realizing it, are now putting products at their core instead of people.”
He concluded his talk: “We all need each other. And so, please, think of me as well with tenderness, so that I can fulfil the task I have been given for the good of others, of each and every one, of all of you, of all of us.”