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Smartphones are driving a rise in teen sexting

Dec 26, 2018

By Mary Farrow

Teen sex may be down, but widespread access to smartphones is driving an increase in teen sexting, recent research has... Read more

Holy See renews appeal to ban killer robots

Nov 28, 2018

A Vatican representative to the United Nations called on the international community to ban killer robots – known as Lethal... Read more

Waymo Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid undergoing testing in the San Francisco Bay Area.

When self-driving cars are forced to crash, whom should they hit?  

Nov 8, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

If a self-driving car is about to crash into a crowd, and it can only swerve to hit a baby... Read more

Synod of Bishops, 2018.

Global Catholic tech: Online Arabic catechetical program unites Middle East Catholics

Oct 21, 2018

By Courtney Mares

A bishop from Lebanon shared at the 2018 Synod of Bishops how his online catechesis program in Arabic has helped... Read more

Bishop David Tencer points at a journalist while asking questions at an Oct. 17 press conference.

Hacking pastoral care: Youth synod bishops talk technology

Oct 17, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Smartphone apps and Skype have transformed the way at least one synod bishop conducts his pastoral ministry with young people.  Read more

Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki celebrating Mass at the tomb of St. John Paul II in St. Peter’s Basilica on Oct. 4.

Youth synod bishop: The world is rich in technology & poor in principles

Oct 4, 2018

By Courtney Mares

A Polish archbishop participating in the Vatican synod on youth said Thursday that today’s young people have benefited from technological... Read more

How more Catholic schools are looking to minimize screen time

Sep 7, 2018

By Mary Farrow

Not long ago, introducing more technology into the classroom meant allowing third graders to play 15 minutes of Oregon Trail... Read more

Woman on phone.

'Natural cycles' fertility app gets FDA approval to prevent pregnancy

Aug 21, 2018

The FDA has approved a fertility-tracking app that boasts a lower unintended pregnancy rate than the pill, without the side... Read more

The rise of the sex robot: Will technology solve our loneliness problem?

May 31, 2018

By Mary Farrow

Earlier this year, a 25-year-old man smashed his rental van into innocent pedestrians in downtown Toronto on a Tuesday, killing... Read more

Why Catholics should beware as high-tech 'deepfake' videos emerge

Apr 25, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

Like any figure of importance, there is high likelihood that the Pope or another Catholic leader could be the subject... Read more

VHacks at the Vatican on March 9, 2018.

Students 'hack' away at global problems during Vatican hackathon

Mar 9, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

A March 8-11 “hacking marathon” at the Vatican is in full swing, with 120 students of different backgrounds, faiths, and... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for the feast of the Presentation of the Lord in St. Peter's Basilica, on February 2, 2018.

Don’t let technology replace real encounters, Francis says on Candlemas

Feb 2, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis told consecrated men and women Friday that they are called to have real encounters with their brothers and... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his March 16, 2016 general audience.

Pope: not everything technically possible is morally acceptable

Nov 18, 2017

By Elise Harris

On Saturday Pope Francis praised the achievements of scientific and technological advancements, but cautioned that developments in the field have... Read more

Pope Francis and a cross during the Stations of the Cross at the Coliseum in Rome, Italy on April 3, 2015.

Pope Francis: 'painful' failures help Church lead in protecting minors

Oct 6, 2017

By Elise Harris

On Friday Pope Francis told a group of religious and secular experts from around the world that protecting minors against... Read more

A view of St. Peter's Basilica and Vatican City flag from the roof of a nearby building.

Vatican conference tackles new technology and medicine

Oct 2, 2017

By Elise Harris

Technology will be at the heart of an upcoming Vatican conference on accompanying human life in the digital era, particularly... Read more

A view of St. Peter's Basilica and Vatican City flag from the roof of a nearby building on June 5, 2015.

Siblings arrested in cyberattack that compromised Vatican computers

Jan 13, 2017

Two arrests have been made in a widespread cyber-attack that compromised communications of prominent Italian institutions and individuals, including the... Read more

Stephen Hawking and other experts weigh in on limits of artificial intelligence at the Vatican

Dec 4, 2016

By Elise Harris

This week the Vatican hosted a high-level discussion in the world of science, gathering experts to discuss the progress, benefits... Read more

New technology unveils contents of ancient Biblical scrolls

Sep 27, 2016

For the first time in centuries, an ancient Biblical scroll could be read, thanks to a computer scanning technology that... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerber and his wife Priscilla Chan at the Vatican Aug. 29, 2016.

Pope Francis meets Mark Zuckerberg and his wife at the Vatican

Aug 29, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Monday Pope Francis met with Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of social networking giant Facebook, at the Vatican, marking... Read more

Woman on phone.

Dating apps could be leading to a rise in STDs – and Tinder isn't happy about it

Oct 1, 2015

A new billboard linking dating apps with an increase in sexually transmitted disease rates spurred one app – Tinder –... Read more