Science-solidarity combo needed to stop pandemic

| 18 Marzo 2020

by Cindy Wooden The effects of the coronavirus can be defeated only with a combination of science and solidarity, said the president of the Pontifical Academy for Life. “An emergency like COVID-19 is fought especially with the antibodies of solidarity,” said Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the academy. “The technical and clinical measures for containment […]

2020 General Assembly of The Pontifical Academy for Life. Call to Commitment address

| 6 Marzo 2020

Dear friends, Truly, we are experiencing the “change of an age,” as Pope Francis often reminds us, and we are more aware of that change than ever.  It is the reason why we are here today. While humanity has already lived through many periods of radical transformation, we are faced today with a technological innovation […]

2020 General Assembly of the Pontifical Academy For Life Opening Address

| 26 Febbraio 2020

Dear Professors, Your Excellencies, My Dear Friends, The past year has been intense and rich in the life of each one of us and in the life of the Academy. I thank you sincerely, first of all for your continuing scientific work. Precisely because it is a labor-intensive search for truth, it serves human life. […]

Progress Becomes Development When It Is Governed By Ethical Choices

| 21 Febbraio 2020

by Davide Maniscalco “If there is such a thing as “algorithm-ocracy” there must also be “algorithm-ethics.” Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, has no doubt.  “Technology must be at the service of humanity, if not, humanity faces ever-greater dangers.”  The Vatican is asking itself questions about the future of artificial intelligence.  […]

Progress becomes development when it is governed by ethical choices

| 7 Febbraio 2020

(by Davide Maniscalco, lawyer and AIDR Head of Sicily Region) “If there is ‘algocracy’ there must also be ‘algorithm’”. Monsignor Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, has no doubts: “The technological dimension is at the service of humanity, otherwise discrimination will double”. The Vatican, therefore, also questions the prospects of artificial intelligence. […]

“Never euthanasia, assisted suicide and abandoning the sick”

| 8 Gennaio 2020

By Luca Collodi “In your work, may you always strive to promote the dignity and life of each person, and reject any compromise in the direction of euthanasia, assisted suicide or suppression of life, even in the case of terminal illness.” Pope Francis makes this appeal to healthcare professionals in his message for this year’s […]