Pope Francis reflects on developments in science, technology (Vatican Press Office) Addressing the Pontifical Council for Culture, Pope Francis cited developments in medicine and genetics, the neurosciences, and “autonomous and thinking machines.” He then spoke of three principles: an “appreciation of the sciences, which we have not always known how to manifest”; “the universal destination of goods, which also regards those of knowledge and technology”; and “not all that is technically possible or feasible is therefore ethically acceptable.”
Papal health care message notes importance of personal contact, compassion (Vatican Press Office) Addressing participants in a conference on addressing global health inequalities, Pope Francis cited the parable of the Good Samaritan and said that “while a well-structured organization is essential for providing necessary services and the best possible attention to human needs, healthcare workers should also be attuned to the importance of listening, accompanying and supporting the persons for whom they care.”
Pope names Brazilian cardinal to key position for upcoming synod on youth (Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops) Pope Francis has named Cardinal Sérgio da Rocha, archbishop of Brasilia and president of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil, as the relator general of the next Synod of Bishops. He will be responsible for delivering addresses to the bishops before and after their discussion of youth, faith, and vocational discernment. The Pope also named Father Giacomo Costa (an Italian Jesuit) and Father Rossano Sala (an Italian Salesian) as the synod’s special secretaries.
Cardinal Burke laments apostasy, says the Church 'appears not to know herself' (National Catholic Register) Speaking recently at a conference on Our Lady of Fatima, Cardinal Raymond Burke said that the Church “appears not to know herself, her identity in Christ, Who comes to us through the unbroken Apostolic Tradition.” The prelate criticized “those who exercise the pastoral office” for “their failure to teach the faith, in fidelity to the Church’s constant doctrine and practice, whether through explicit declarations and actions or through a superficial, confused or even worldly approach.”
Papal audiences (11/18) (Vatican Press Office) In separate audiences, the Pope received the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, Cardinal Charles Maung Bo (Myanmar), Cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino (Cuba), the head of a UN health agency, the Pontifical Council for Culture, and the Joseph Ratzinger- Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation.