Francis receives the participants in the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life, meeting in plenary to discuss “Roboethics. People, machines and health “. Technology is useful if at the service of man, machines are used for the development of society and the planet “.
Vatican City – Artificial devices that simulate human capabilities “are inextricably devoid of human quality. It must be taken into account to guide the regulation of their use, and the research itself, towards a constructive and equitable interaction between human beings and the latest versions of machines. In fact, they spread in our world and radically transform the scenario of our existence. If we can also put these references in practice, the extraordinary potential of the new discoveries will radiate their benefits on each person and on the whole of humanity,” said Pope Francis this morning.
was receiving the participants at the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical
Academy for Life which is celebrated this year on the 25th anniversary of his
birth. The pontiff opened his speech by thanking the presidents and the members
of the Academy who – in these first 25 years – have carried out a
“competent service” with “generous commitment” for the
protection and promotion of human life. Immediately after, Francesco addressed
the plenary topic: “Roboethics. People, machines and health”.
Pope noted: “We live in a world full of contrasts, and we see a dramatic
paradox: just when humanity possesses the scientific and technical capacities
to achieve a fairly widespread well-being, according to God’s mandate, we
observe instead an exacerbation of conflicts. and a growth in inequality. The
enlightenment myth of progress is dwindling and the accumulation of the
potential that science and technology have provided us do not always give the
desired results. In fact, on the one hand, technological development has
allowed us to solve problems that were insurmountable until a few years ago,
and we are grateful to the researchers who have achieved these results; on the
other hand, difficulties and threats are sometimes more insidious than the
previous ones “.
“being able to do”, he adds, “risks obscuring the person doing
it. The technocratic system based on the criterion of efficiency does not
respond to the most profound questions that man poses; and if on the one hand
it is not possible to do without its resources, on the other it imposes its
logic on those who use them. Yet the technique is characteristic of the human
being. It should not be understood as a force that is alien and hostile to it,
but as a product of its ingenuity through which it provides for the needs of
living for oneself and for others. It is therefore a specifically human way of
inhabiting the world “.
this brings with it a serious problem: “Instead of delivering the tools
that improve their care to human life, there is the risk of giving life to the
logic of the devices that decide its value. This overturning is destined to
produce nefarious outcomes: the machine is not limited to driving alone, but
ends up guiding man. Human reason is thus reduced to an alienated rationality
of effects, which cannot be considered worthy of man “.
denouncing the serious damage to the environment created by a mad rush to
innovation, Francis recalled the message he sent to the Davos Forum in January
2018: “Artificial intelligence, robotics and other technological
innovations must be used to serve humanity and to protect our common home
instead of the exact opposite, as unfortunately they provide some estimates.
The inherent dignity of every human being must be firmly placed at the center
of our reflection and action “.
Pope noted that there is a very real risk “that man is being
technologized, rather than technology humanized: so-called ‘intelligent
machines’ are hastily attributed skills that are properly human. We need to
understand better what the intelligence, the conscience, the emotionality, the
affective intentionality and the autonomy of moral action mean in this context.
In fact, artificial devices that simulate human capabilities are devoid of
human quality. It must be taken into account to guide the regulation of their
use, and the research itself, towards a constructive and equitable interaction
between human beings and the latest versions of machines. In fact, they spread
in our world and radically transform the scenario of our existence. If we can
also put these references in practice, the extraordinary potential of the new
discoveries will radiate their benefits on each person and on the whole of
humanity “. – AsiaNews
The case of a
student in Harbin who used a device to copy texts hundreds of times sparks
controversy. The issue has been read 13 million times in social media in a
country caught between innovation and tradition.
Beijing – The case of a Chinese schoolgirl buying a so-called
copying robot to write her homework has got many social media users chattering.
girl, anonymous for privacy reasons, bought a device that perfectly copies a
person’s writing. This enabled her to avoid copying herself.
text hundreds of time is common practice and is considered essential to
memorise the classics and improve spelling.
girl’s mother, surnamed Zhang, was angered by her daughter’s trick and smashed
the machine. “It can help you with homework, but can it help you on tests?” she
was quoted as saying.
issue made its way onto social media where users are divided. Some view the use
of the device as legitimate, whilst others see it as a scam.
Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter, the topic was read over 13 million times
by 19 February.
user, using the online alias Rain, said that she was a teacher and had been
using the machine for over a year.
explained that she had spent a week writing thousands of characters to create
her own font, and added that nobody could tell the difference between what the
robot wrote and her own work. – AsiaNews/Agencies, 02/25/2019
In his message for Lent, Pope Francis
warns that once God’s law is forsaken, the law of the strong over the weak
– Pope Francis is
calling on the faithful not to let the Lenten season of grace pass in vain, and
to live as children of God acknowledging and obeying His law, in particular in
regards to our brothers and sisters and to creation.
In this year’s Lenten message, the Pope invites believers to prepare to celebrate the paschal mystery with mind and heart renewed, warning that “Sin leads man to consider himself the god of creation, to see himself as its absolute master and to use it, not for the purpose willed by the Creator but for his own interests”.
Pope’s Lenten message was released on Tuesday during a press conference at the
Holy See Press Office. The theme chosen this year is “For
the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God”
begins on Ash Wednesday, 6 March, and will conclude on Holy
Saturday, 20 April, the day before Easter.
us leave behind our selfishness and self-absorption, and turn to Jesus’ Pasch.
Let us stand beside our brothers and sisters in need, sharing our spiritual and
material goods with them”.
is one of the key passages of Pope Francis’ Lenten Message for
2019. Reflecting on a verse from St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans, the Pope
highlights how the season before Easter must be a time to “welcome Christ’s
victory over sin and death into our lives”, and attract “its transforming power
to all of creation”
to the faithful to not allow this season of grace to pass in vain, Pope Francis
says that if, “the Lent of the Son of God ‘was an entry into the desert of
creation to make it become again that garden of communion with God” that it was
before the original sin, Christians today are invited “to embody the paschal
mystery more deeply and concretely in their personal, family and social lives,
above all by fasting, prayer and almsgiving.”
Fasting, the Pope says, means
turning away from the temptation to “devour” everything to satisfy our
voracity; Prayer teaches us to abandon idolatry and the
self-sufficiency of our ego; Almsgiving, whereby we escape from the
insanity of hoarding everything for ourselves in the illusory belief that we
can secure a future that does not belong to us.
we follow this journey, he said it “is possible to rediscover the joy of God’s
plan for creation and for each of us, which is to love him, our brothers and
sisters, and the entire world, and to find in this love our true happiness”.
path to Easter, therefore, demands that “we renew our faces and hearts as
Christians through repentance, conversion and forgiveness” the Pope said
pointing out that it is a call that involves the whole of creation.
“eager longing”, this expectation of all creation, Pope Francis says, will be
fulfilled in the revelation of the children of God, that is, when Christians
and all people enter decisively into the “travail” that conversion entails. – Linda Bordoni
Purak, PAPAR – A total of 162 participants (62 males and 100
females), from various
parishes in the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu, Diocese of Keningau and
even as far as from the neighbouring country Brunei attended the vocation Seminar
held from 15 – 17 Feb 2019 at Pace Bene retreat Centre. This vocation Seminar
was jointly organized by the Council of Religious (COR) in the Archdiocese of
Kota Kinabalu which is currently headed by Br.Thomas Paul, SG.
According to Fr. Valentine Gompok (OFM Cap), one of the members of the organizing committee, the Council of Religious (COR), initiated this joint vocation Seminar 10 years ago as a way of collaboration among the various congregations serving in the archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu for vocation promotion. Five years later the COR extended an invitation to other congregations from other dioceses within Malaysia to come and participate in the Seminar. And for the first time this year, the Order of the Pious School (Piarist) (Sch.P) Philippines secured permission from the Archbishop to participate.
This yearly vocation seminar is intended to be an eye opener
and give a kind of exposure to the youths of the various religious
congregations presently serving in the archdiocese as well as other dioceses
within Malaysia or even outside Malaysia.
Six women religious congregations and eight male religious
orders were present to showcase or share with the participants about their respective
Charism and Mission: the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception
(FSIC), Good Shepherd Sisters (RGS), Daughters of St. Paul (FSP),
Franciscan Missionary of Mary (FMM) Sisters from Petaling Jaya &
Singapore, Sisters of the Divine Saviour (SDS) or Salvatorian, based in
Melaka Johor Diocese, De La Salle Brothers (FSC), Brothers
of St. Gabriel (SG), Marist Brothers of the School (FMS), Clerical Society of the
Most Holy Trinity of Mirinae (SST), Order of Franciscan Friar Minor (OFM),
Order of Franciscan Friar Minor Capuchin (OFM Cap), Order of the Pious School
(Piarist) (Sch.P) and Society of Jesus also known as the Jesuits (SJ). And
though not physically present, the Order of Discalced Carmelite Nuns (OCD) was
with the team spiritually. A presentation on their Congregation’s Charism and
Mission was done by Sr.Bibianah,fsp on their behalf.
The seminar started with the registration, followed by opening Mass, concelebrated by 6 priests from various orders. After dinner there were ice-breaker activities and then the logistic and safety briefing before the night prayer.
A talk on religious Vocation was given by Fr. Valentine, OFMCap, on the Second day. He explained to the participants about the importance of prayers in religious life and the 3 vows which they profess. A topic on Discernment and some practical and helpful examples on how to discern their religious vocation was also given by Br.Egbertus Jaikol, FSC.
to the large number of participants, the organizing committee decided to divide
the afternoon session on the second day into male and female categories. During
this time, the various religious congregations accordingly took turns to
present their respective charism and mission to the participants. On Sunday,
another talk on Spiritual life was given by Fr. Raphael, OFMCap. He highlighted
our connectedness with God in Spirit as we have been created in His image and
the duration of the seminar, the schedule was arranged in such a way that the
participants shared responsibility to clean the refectory and wash plates after
each meal. There was time for group
dynamics, praise and worship, personal and community prayer, an hour of
adoration, as well as allotted time for spiritual direction. Before the Seminar ended a piece of paper
with the list of the various congregations were distributed to the candidates and
each candidate was encouraged to put a check on a particular congregation which
they would like to know more and the next day return the filled up form to the
congregation concerned. This way will be helpful to follow up the candidate and
assist them to make further discernment in their vocation.
Jordan Juhakim from Stella Maris Parish, was grateful for having participated in the vocation Seminar. He came to understand better the life of religious priests, brothers and sisters. He said that he encountered various challenges on his way to Purak. He took a train to Papar and he lost his way. From the train station he had to walk for 2 hours 45 minutes to reach Purak. Notwithstanding the challenges along the way, it didn’t dampen his Spirit. Instead he learned patience and perseverance amidst challenges and he realized that Jesus is truly the way and the Truth and the life.
Likewise, Mary Kasmih from St. Peter Claver Church, Ranau, a first time participant expressed her joy and contentment for the opportunity to join in the Seminar. All the sessions had given her better understanding about religious life and she also learned many things from the various congregations.
After the closing Eucharistic celebration, Br.Thomas, SG, in his concluding speech thanked all the Franciscan Sisters, the staff and management of Pace Bene under the Supervision of Sr. Juliana, the superior of the Retreat Centre, who allowed the religious and participants to occupy the place for the weekend seminar free of charge. He also thanked all the various congregations as well as the participants of the vocation seminar from far and near who contributed to the success of the Seminar. It was surely a memorable moment for all especially those who participated in the Vocation Seminar for the first time. – kkdiocese.net
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