In his message, the pope underlined his appreciation for the pontifical academy, which traces its roots back to the Lincean Academy, one of the world’s first exclusively scientific academies, founded in Rome in 1603.
“In these days, my interest in your work is even keener,” he wrote, “because you have devoted this plenary session to what is rightly a topic of profound concern for all humanity. You are focusing on the notion of science at the service of people for the survival of humanity in light of the SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 pandemic and other global issues.”
He said that, by bringing together experts from different disciplines to reflect on the crisis, the pontifical academy showed “how the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis should be addressed through coordinated efforts in the service of the entire human family.”
The pope observed that the pandemic had affected not only health, but also work, education, and spiritual activities.
“In short, being unable to see a person’s face and considering other people as potential carriers of the virus is a terrible metaphor of a global social crisis that must be of concern to all who have the future of humanity at heart,” he wrote.
He added that the pandemic, combined with global warming and the loss of biodiversity, should encourage humanity “to rethink its course, to repent and to undertake an ecological conversion.”
He noted that members of the pontifical academy, who include some of the world’s leading scientists, would be discussing scenarios in which the survival of the world’s population is threatened.
“May we remain quiet in the face of such prospects?” he asked. “As great as the responsibility of politicians may be, it does not exempt scientists from acknowledging their own ethical responsibilities in the effort to halt not only the manufacture, possession and use of nuclear weapons, but also the development of biological weapons, with their potential to devastate innocent civilians and indeed, entire peoples.”
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