Pope Francis just made another first for the papacy: delivering a TED talk!
Titled “Why the Only Future Worth Building Includes Everyone,” the pontiff addressed the TED talk crowd in Vancouver, Canada by video. The video appeared to have been taken in his apartment in the Vatican’s Domus Sanctae Marthae guesthouse, where he’s been living.
“Many of us, nowadays, seem to believe that a happy future is something impossible to achieve,” the Pope told the crowd in Italian. “While such concerns must be taken very seriously, they are not invincible. They can be overcome when we don’t lock our door to the outside world.”
He added later: “Only by educating people to a true solidarity will we be able to overcome the ‘culture of waste,’ which doesn’t concern only food and goods but, first and foremost, the people who are cast aside by our techno-economic systems which, without even realizing it, are now putting products at their core, instead of people.”
He used Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan as an illustration of the loving sacrifice that’s needed in our world today.