Pope Francis has appeared in a recorded video at the Vancouver TED conference, after weeks of teasing from organizers that a surprise figure would talk on health, life and love.
His Holiness highlighted the point of the conference’s theme, “The Future You” in a TED Talk from Vatican City entitled: “Why the only future worth building includes everyone.”
“While looking at tomorrow it invites us to open a dialogue today, to look at the future through a ‘you’,” the Pope said in Italian with English subtitles.
“Solidarity is the term that many wish to erase from the dictionary. Solidarity, however is not an automatic mechanism. It cannot be programmed or controlled. It’s a free response from the heart of each and every one.”
The Pope called on leaders and voters around the world to enact a “revolution of tenderness.”
“Tenderness is not weakness; it is fortitude… It is the path of solidarity, the path of humility,” said Pope Francis.
“Please, allow me to say it loud and clear: The more powerful you are, the more your actions will have an impact on people, the more responsible you are to act humbly. If you don’t, your power will ruin you, and you will ruin the other.”
It was not just the Pope who wowed the crowds on Day 2 of the TED Conference at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
Anthony D. Romero, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, which challenged US President Trump’s immigration order, also impressed the audience.
Meanwhile, Christopher Ategeka discussed the injustice in healthcare and Martin Ford spoke about the need to consider a basic guaranteed income.