Pope Francis Calls for a Revolution of Tenderness in TED Talk

BY CHRISTOPHER G. KERR | April 26, 2017

Pope Francis has held virtual audiences, tweeted to millions of followers, and sent video messages on Instagram — this week he ventured further into the world of digital social engagement when his first “TED Talk” was published online.

TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks with live audiences that are also published online. TED began in 1984 as a conference where and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Pope Francis’s talk entitled “Why The Only Future Worth Building Includes Everyone” was recorded earlier this month with him speaking in Italian, but the talk is available with subtitles in more than 20 languages including English, Spanish, and Arabic.

The Pope lays out three key points in the 17-minute talk: 1. That we all “need each other” and the world’s challenges are best solved together; 2. Using the story of the Good Samaritan, he emphasized the importance of living out the value of solidarity and that the fields of science and technology could play key roles in responding to the realities of social injustice; and 3. He called for a “revolution of tenderness” — challenging people to see and hear the other and respond with words and actions of love.

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