Catholic Clergy in France Set to Carry ID Cards Indicating They're in Good Standing

May 16, 2023

Catholic clergy in France will soon carry a standardized identification card linked to a national database that shows whether they are currently in good standing and can celebrate Mass and hear confessions.

In his address to a Catholic university in Hungary on April 30, 2023, Pope Francis spoke about the false freedoms offered by both communism and consumerism, and encouraged people to seek out Christ’s truth. | Vatican News

Pope warns of Technological Domination, Threat to Human Ecology at University in Hungary

Apr 30, 2023

Speaking at a Catholic university in Hungary on Sunday, Pope Francis warned of the risk of technological domination and the threat it poses to culture and to our human ecology.

Pope Francis meets with participants of the Minerva Dialogues — a meeting of scientists, engineers, business leaders, lawyers, philosophers, Catholic theologians, ethicists, and members of the Roman Curia to discuss digital technologies — at the Vatican on March 27, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

An Ethical Artificial Intelligence Respects Human Dignity: Pope Francis

Mar 27, 2023

Pope Francis said emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning could be beneficial to society as long as they respect human dignity.

Pope Francis with the Pontifical Academy for Life on Feb. 20, 2023. / Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Asks Pontifical Academy for Life to Study Ethics of Emerging Technologies

Feb 20, 2023

The rapid acceleration of new technologies can produce significant consequences for human life and the environment Pope Francis said Feb. 20.

A person takes a photo of Pope Francis on a cell phone during a papal audience on Dec. 10, 2022. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Look at Each Other, not Cell Phone Screens

Dec 15, 2022

Pope Francis has urged young people to look away from their cell phone screens and make eye contact with the people around them.

Pope Francis met with members of the Society of Saint Paul on June 18, 2022. Vatican Media

Follow St. Paul’s Wisdom When Using Tech to Spread the Gospel: Pope Francis

Jun 19, 2022

The pope also warned about “disinformation” in today’s media environment.

Pope Francis during his general audience in Paul VI Hall on January 26, 2022. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Addiction to Digital Media Can Hurt Human Relationships: Pope Francis’ Lenten Message

Feb 24, 2022

"May the corporal fasting to which Lent calls us fortify our spirit for the battle against sin,” Pope Francis said.

A website and smartphone app to help Catholics pray for the synod on synodality was launched Oct. 19, 2021. Click to Pray 2.0.

Vatican Launches Prayer Website "to accompany" Synod on Synodality

Oct 20, 2021

The app Click To Pray will also promote prayer for the synodal process.

Logo of African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC).

Technology, Resilience Keep Africa’s Catholic Sisters Initiative Afloat amid COVID-19

Dec 6, 2020

The leadership of the initiative that facilitates education for women Religious in Africa has, in a reflection, revealed how technology and resilience have enabled the U.S-based entity to continue with its operations amid COVID-19 restrictions.

A poster announcing the three-day virtual workshop bringing together mainly members of the Clergy and Religious involved in pastoral animation in Kenya. / Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB).

Embrace Technology, Discover New Ways to “be Connected”: Kenyan Bishop to Pastoral Agents

Sep 24, 2020

COVID-19 restrictions put the people of God in unfamiliar situations that limited their interactions, a Kenyan Bishop noted at the start of a virtual workshop bringing together mainly members of the Clergy and Religious involved in pastoral animation in Kenya whom the Bishop encouraged to come to terms with the new reality and embrace technology, seeking new ways to “be connected” with others.

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Beatification Date Set for Italian Computer Programming Teen Carlo Acutis

Jun 13, 2020

Venerable Carlo Acutis, an Italian teenager and computer programmer who died in 2006, will be beatified October 10 in Assisi, Italy. 

Pope Francis hosts a pizza party for sick children in Vatican City on Dec. 17, 2017. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis: Tech Companies Have a Responsibility to Protect Children

Nov 14, 2019

In a speech to the head of major global tech companies, Pope Francis said Thursday that protecting children from evils such as trafficking and pornography requires a recognition of the limits of online freedom.

The University Chancellor, Rt. Rev. Charles Kasonde confers a doctorate degree to a graduand during the 38th Graduation at the Catholic of Eastern Africa, Langata, Oct 25, 2019 . / Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA)

“Cultural reawakening, moral leadership” Needed in Africa: Bishop to Graduating Students

Oct 29, 2019

The need to utilize skills acquired in higher institutions of learning to have a positive impact on contemporary society was one of the key highlights of the address of a Kenyan Bishop to the over two thousand students from a variety of African countries who graduated at the main campus of the Nairobi-based Catholic University of Eastern Africa on Friday, October 25, with the Bishop calling for ethical leadership.

Click To Pray eRosary-For Peace in the World. Credit: Daniel Ibanez / CNA.

Digital Rosary Discovered to be Hackable, Vatican Says it Has Fixed Bugs

Oct 22, 2019

Shortly after the new “smart rosary” bracelet was released last week, the Vatican discovered an easy route for hackers to retrieve a user’s personal information. The issue has since been fixed.