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Pope Francis TED Talk Surprises Vancouver Audience

27 April 2017

The pope, seated at a desk and speaking in Italian for nearly 18 minutes, looked directly at the camera, gesturing frequently in a folksy, TED-style manner.

The prerecorded talk was shown at TED2017, this year's meeting of the nonprofit organization that spreads ideas about technology, entertainment and design (among other topics) through presentations and conferences.

Pope Francis also said he hoped innovation could occur without social justice being left behind.

"How wonderful would it be, while we discover faraway planets, to rediscover the needs of the brothers and sisters orbiting around us", he continued.

Others will watch to see if Pope Francis prods the Sunni Muslim religious establishment to take a more forceful stand on religious extremism perpetrated in the name of God.

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Near the end of his remarks, the pope told the TED conference goers, many of them founders of major companies or start-ups, that "the future of humankind isn't exclusively in the hands of politicians, of great leaders, of big companies".

Tawadros said the Egyptian church in Kuwait was the first church to be built and start services outside Egypt in 1961, thanking officials "in this good and tolerant land and the people of Kuwait".

In the era of Brexit, the European refugee crisis and the Trump administration's "America First" policies, the Pope preached solidarity, especially with the world's 244 million immigrants displaced by war, calamity or poverty.

In addition to the 1,800 conference attendees in Vancouver, His Holiness Pope Francis's TED Talk audience also included several thousands of people watching remotely from cinema theaters around the world through the TED Cinema Experience.

He warned that those who don't respect power in this way will allow it to ruin them and others.

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Since not many at the Vatican knew of TED, Giussani said, "there was a lot of explaining to do". He about spoke making the world a better and more inclusive place.

In a session entitled, The Future You, Francis touched upon the "culture of waste" after technological change and economic inequality, "our obsession" with materialism, and alluding to politics descending into sectarianism and hate, the "evil we breathe every day".

In the video, Pope Francis shared his vision of the interconnectedness of humanity and what it means in the long run. And that's why i always ask myself deep in my heart: "'Why them and not me?'" said Francis.

He began by saying, 'I very much like this title - "The Future You", because, while looking at tomorrow, it invites us to open a dialogue today, to look at the future through a "you".The future is made of you's.because life flows through our relations with others'. "Tenderness is not weakness; it is fortitude".

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Pope Francis TED Talk Surprises Vancouver Audience