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Pope Francis tells AI leaders: No machine should ever choose to take human life

Jul 10, 2024

By Courtney Mares

In a message to an AI ethics conference in Hiroshima, Japan, the pope underlined that artificial intelligence has implications for... Read more

Pope Francis meets with U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday, June 14, 2024, after a session at the G7 summit, which is being held June 13–15 in the southern Italian region of Puglia.

Joe Biden meets with Pope Francis at G7 Summit to discuss foreign policy, climate change

Jun 14, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

President Joe Biden privately met with Pope Francis early Friday evening in Apulia, Italy, at the Group of Seven (G7)... Read more

Pope Francis participates in his first G7 Summit on June 14, 2024. In his remarks, the pontiff stressed that human dignity requires that the decisions of artificial intelligence (AI) be under the control of human beings.

Pope Francis at G7: AI must not replace human decision-making

Jun 14, 2024

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis at the G7 summit on Friday stressed that human dignity requires that the decisions of artificial intelligence be... Read more

Flags of (left to right) Germany, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Great Britain, USA, and Europe are displayed for a G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting at the City Hall in Muenster, western Germany on Nov. 3, 2022.

G7 summit: Pope Francis to meet U.S. President Joe Biden in Italy

Jun 13, 2024

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis will hold bilateral meetings on Friday with nine world leaders, including U.S. President Joe Biden, at the G7... Read more

In 2023 there were more than 275,000 child pornography websites on the internet, with approximately 11,000 photos generated by AI in just one month.

Conference in Rome addresses dangers of AI and child pornography

May 7, 2024

By Andrés Henríquez

The conference grappled with the fact that youth are increasingly exposed to platforms that contain tools “that can lead to... Read more

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Not all Catholic AI bots are creepy: Some new tools for learning about the faith

May 6, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

In the past year or so, several online AI tools have been released that generate authoritative-sounding answers about Catholic teaching... Read more

Billboard for AI priest Father Justin on social media.

Catholic Answers pulls plug on AI priest ‘Father Justin’

Apr 29, 2024

By Matt McDonald

Just days after debuting an AI priest character to overwhelmingly negative reviews, Catholic Answers gave “Father Justin” the virtual heave-ho. Read more

Pope Francis meets Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and her 6-year-old daughter on Jan. 10, 2023.

Pope Francis to attend G7 summit to speak on artificial intelligence

Apr 27, 2024

By Courtney Mares

The Group of Seven (G7) industrialized nations summit is being held in the southern Italian region of Puglia from June... Read more

Chuck Robbins, the chief executive of the multinational digital communications conglomerate Cisco, signs the Rome Call for AI Ethics, a document by the Pontifical Academy for Life, on April 24, 2024, at the Vatican.

Cisco CEO meets Pope Francis, signs AI ethics pledge at Vatican

Apr 24, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Chuck Robbins, the chief executive of the multinational digital communications conglomerate, met privately with Pope Francis on April 24. Read more

"A Fundamental Difference?" was the title of a conversation about generative artificial intelligence at the 2024 New York Encounter. From left to right are Indiana University’s Davide Bolchini, Jon Stokes of Symbolic AI, and journalist Jennifer Strong.

The AI dilemma: job loss, hallucinations, and virtual girlfriends

Feb 27, 2024

By Zelda Caldwell

At the New York Encounter, recently held in Manhattan, panelists spoke about the challenges — and benefits — of artificial... Read more

An illustration of the topic of Thomas Aquinas and AI created by DALL-E, a text-to-image model native to ChatGPT.

What would Thomas Aquinas make of AI?

Feb 20, 2024

By AC Wimmer

According to one German theologian, the Catholic saint and doctor of the Church can contribute to contemporary discussions about AI’s... Read more

Pope Francis meets with members of the Pontifical Academy for Life on Feb. 12, 2024, at the Vatican.

Pope Francis: Technological development must promote the human being

Feb 13, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The pope’s comments come as members of the Pontifical Academy for Life are meeting in Rome from Feb. 12–14 for... Read more

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a press conference at the presidential office in Taipei on Dec. 27, 2022.

President of Taiwan joins Pope Francis in call for regulating AI

Jan 31, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen sent a letter to Pope Francis on Wednesday joining the pontiff in calling for greater... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience at the Vatican on Dec. 6, 2023.

Pope Francis calls for global regulation of AI for ‘peace and common good’

Dec 14, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

The pope emphasized that technological innovations are not neutral “but subject to cultural influences” and that caution must be exercised. Read more


Vatican announces that artificial intelligence will be theme of next World Day of Peace

Aug 8, 2023

By Courtney Mares

A statement from the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development on Aug. 8 described an “urgent need” to guide the... Read more


New AI app sparks baby fever, but will it lead to more child commodification?

Jul 31, 2023

By Kylie Gallegos

Remini’s AI imagery has created excitement about parenthood in younger users, but one expert cautions that its approach could be... Read more

Joel Mathew, left, and Ulf Hermjakob, researchers at the University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute.

How AI is helping to translate the Bible into rare languages

Jul 18, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

A team of researchers is seeking to put AI to use for a different and more noble purpose — the... Read more


Keep humanity the focus of tech innovations, says new Vatican-approved ethics guide

Jul 4, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

“If we build the future badly, we will live in a terrible world,” the handbook warns Big Tech. Read more

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Former Google scientist warns about the dangers of artificial intelligence

May 7, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

A leading artificial intelligence researcher some call the “godfather” of AI says the technology is developing at a “scary” rate. Read more

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.

Pope Francis: An ethical AI respects human dignity

Mar 27, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis said emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning could be beneficial to society if they respect... Read more