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Vatican sees IT at service of peace

At the first phase of the World Summit on the Information Society, the Holy See has presented a vision of information technology as an instrument of peace.

The principles were articulated at last week's International Telecommunications Union meeting in Geneva by Archbishop John Foley, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications and head of the Holy See delegation.

"In these days, we cannot build a lasting peace without the cooperation of media networks," he said. "They can serve the culture of dialogue, participation, solidarity and reconciliation without which peace cannot flourish."

"Instead of featuring violence, immorality and superficiality," the media "could foster a more open and respectful use of ICTs to build better reciprocal knowledge and respect and to foster reconciliation and a more fruitful relationship among peoples of different cultures, ideologies and religions."

"Technology is a means," he continued. "We are responsible for using it so that, in this communication age, the search for truth and true freedom might be advanced among all peoples."

Information Technologies Must Be at Service of Peace, Says Holy See (Zenit 14/12/03)

World Summit on the Information Society
Pontifical Council for Social Communications

16 Dec 2003