On 1 January 2024, the Church celebrates the 57th World Day of Peace with a theme entitled “Artificial Intelligence and Peace." The Holy Father, Pope Francis, highlights the role of science and technology in achieving peace and discusses the future of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The Pope addresses the ethical concerns surrounding (AI), including “privacy, prejudice, and their impact on human dignity.” He suggests that these issues should be addressed in the education system and the development of international laws.
The Holy Father has raised concerns regarding the potential risks of AI, such as misinformation and social control. He emphasises the importance of regulating and monitoring the development of AI technologies to ensure that they serve humanity and protect our planet. According to the Pope, if AI promotes integral human development, it could bring about significant agriculture, education, and cultural advancements. However, the true measure of our humanity lies in how we use AI to help those who are most vulnerable and in need.
Pope Francis urges world leaders to exercise co-responsibility to shape a better world for future generations. He emphasises that everyone should “pay attention and choose well if we are to hand down a better, more peaceful world to generations to follow.” AI should enhance our “greatest human potential and support our highest aspirations, rather than compete with them.” He emphasised strengthening the ethical issues that arise in this field and also protecting the rights of those who use AI or are affected by its use.
The Pope emphasised that achieving positive outcomes in the field of new information technologies is only possible if we act responsibly and respect fundamental human values. He pointed out that while these technologies offer exciting opportunities, they also pose “serious risks that have significant implications for justice and harmony among different people.” AI is acceptable when “it serves the common good, protects the inalienable value of human beings, and promotes fundamental rights” for a world of greater solidarity, justice and peace.
(AN EXTRACT OF POPE FRANCIS’ MESSAGE FOR THE WORLD DAY OF PEACE 2024)
At the start of the New Year, we hope and pray for a better year where peace on earth becomes a top priority. We pray for the safety and well-being of all humanity, wherever they are in the world, free from oppression and man-made viruses and diseases. We pray for the freedom of all humanity and not for the increase of inequality and injustice in today’s world. May God put in place leaders of integrity to lead this world towards progress and happiness.
We pray for a world that reflects God’s will when He created it, where people appreciate and preserve the beauty created by Him. We ask for an honest and sincere medical industry professionals, not one that focuses on making money but instead helping those in need. Additionally, we pray for an end to poverty and starvation, corruption, false teachings, pretentiousness, dishonesty, oppression and abuse of migrants, women and children. We hope that future generations, especially children, will have access to free education, allowing them to learn and grow wisely with the development of AI, ultimately achieving peace.
WISHING YOU A YEAR FULL OF HAPPINESS, SUCCESS, LOVE, AND BLESSINGS! HAPPY NEW YEAR 2024!