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His Holiness Pope Francis Addresses TED Conference

British Columbia – His Holiness Pope Francis addressed attendees of the annual TED Conference in Vancouver, Canada, delivering an 18-minute TED Talk in Italian via a video recorded privately in Vatican City. It was the first time His Holiness Pope Francis has addressed an international conference.

TED International Curator Bruno Giussani introduced His Holiness by describing him as a “moral leader recognized well beyond the confines of the Catholic Church—a figure of hope, of change, of compassion, of clarity in this complicated and confusing world.”


In his talk, now available on, Pope Francis:

Observed that we live in a time when “many of us seem to believe that a happy future is something impossible to achieve.” Such concerns, he warned, must be “taken very seriously,” but said “they are not invincible: they can be overcome when we do not lock our door to the outside world.”

Described how togetherness is central to creating a future we all want to live in, reminding listeners that “we all need each other, that none of us is an island, an autonomous and independent ‘I’, separated from the other, and that we can only build the future if we stand together without excluding anyone.” He added: “We have so much to do, and we must do it together.”

Suggested it would be wonderful “if the growth of scientific and technological innovation would coincide with more equality and social inclusion! How wonderful would it be if, while we discover far away planets, we could also rediscover the needs of the brother, or the sister, orbiting around us!”

Issued an unmistakable message to the world’s powerful: “Allow me to say it loud and clear: the more powerful you are, the more your actions will have an impact on people, the more you are responsible to become humble. If you don’t, your power will ruin you and you will ruin the other.”

Articulated his vision of a world, where more and more people come to embrace tenderness, which he described as putting ourselves “on the same level as the other,” to see, to listen, to hear them. Life, he said, “flows through our relations with others.”

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. The video address is now available on, subtitled in more than twenty languages.

About TED – TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual gathering in Vancouver, Canada, its TEDWomen and TEDGlobal conferences, and at thousands of local TEDx events around the world, then made available, free, on and other channels.

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