Pope Francis is trending today in the news because of his recently released TedTalk. Filmed at the Vatican, the talk debuted during TED’s international conference in Vancouver on Tuesday (April 25, 2017) evening. There has been a lot of positive media coverage ranging from CNN to Network News.
We cover apps, but we also cover media, new media. Pope Francis has stepped out of tradition again and approached the reach of the world in new ways. Much like Saint John Paul II, he doesn’t seem to shy away from testing new waters of reach.
The message of the talk was that we need one another, and that we shouldn’t forget the others around us. Even though the message had religious references, there are responses like this on the TEDtalk site:
This is, indeed, welcome and refreshing–even for a hardcore atheist.
Pope Francis’ talk, titled “The Future You,” gave a direct call to those in power to act with humility and to realize the impact that business and government leaders have on people across the world. Emphasizing that as we go out as ‘one’ we become ‘us’.
The three point message that was expanded on was:
I am not an island (we need one another)
You want a revolution?
Tenderness is the key to this revolution
“The future of humankind isn’t exclusively in the hands of politicians, of great leaders, of big companies.Yes, they do hold an enormous responsibility. But the future is, most of all, in the hands of those peoplewho recognize the other as a “you” and themselves as part of an “us.” We all need each other. And so, please, think of me as well with tenderness, so that I can fulfill the task I have been given for the good of the other, of each and every one, of all of you, of all of us. Thank you.”
Here is the link to the original Talk.