Vatican City, Nov 12, 2018 / 10:26 am
Pope Francis told a group of scientists Monday to use their knowledge for the benefit of all humanity, especially at the service of those people who are most often disregarded by most of society.
It is not enough to merely follow the principles of ethics, the Church expects from science "a positive service that we can call with Saint Paul VI the 'charity of knowledge,'" the pope said Nov. 12.
"I would like to stand before you as the advocate of the peoples that receive only rarely and from afar the benefits of vast human knowledge and its achievements," he continued, "especially in the areas of nutrition, health, education, connectivity, well-being and peace."
Pope Francis spoke in an audience with participants in the Pontifical Academy of Sciences' plenary meeting, taking place at the Vatican Nov. 12-14 on the theme "Transformative roles of science in society: From emerging basic science toward solutions for people's wellbeing."