This week onPerspectives Daily, we’ll bring you extended episodes with special and exclusive coverage from the “Child Dignity in the Digital World” congress taking place at the Gregorian University in Rome.
But first, highlights of the Pope’s one-day pastoral visit to the northern Italian cities of Cesena and Bologna yesterday - a visit that coincided with the 300th anniversary of the birth of Pope Pius 6th in 1717, who reigned as Pope in 1775.
Arriving in Cesena early in the morning, Pope Francis met with citizens at the Piazza del Popolo, where he spoke to them about the obligations of citizens and politicians in working together in good politics, for the common good." Good politics", the Pope said, "is neither a servant nor a mistress, but a friend and collaborator. Good politics calls for a greater involvement, and inclusion, leaving no one in the margins." "Such politics," the Pope said, "does not plunder and pollute natural resources, but is respected and used with respect and intelligence."
Later in the day in Bologna, the Pope went directly to a government-run processing centre for migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers, where he told the 1,000 people there, that, "Many people don't know you and they're afraid." The fear "makes them feel they have the right to judge and to do so harshly and coldly." the Pope said. "But it's not true. One sees well only up close, which gives mercy."
After shaking hands with each of the migrants and refugees, Pope Francis said he only sees a great desire for friendship and assistance.
Now back to Rome, where the world congress hosted by the Centre for Child Protection at the Pontifical Gregorian University titled “Child Dignity in the Digital World”, is bringing together politicians, internet entrepreneurs, law enforcement and NGOs from all over the world, to discuss ideas and policies on how to keep children safe online.
Our team is on the ground covering the congress, and over the next few days, we will bring you special coverage, footage, and interviews from this event. But first, our friends at Rome Reports brings you this story.
Earlier this morning, a special press conference was held, one day before the official start of the Congress, where Baroness Joanna Shields presented a series very powerful videos, to the media, that lays out the reason for the conference. Its sets the stage for what is expected to be a historic opportunity to establish a unified global agenda for the fight against online sexual child abuse and for child protection in the digital world. I have this video for you but just a warning. There is some tough language so viewer discretion is advised.
For more information and details on the congress, you can visit their website at childdignity2017.org.
That's all for today. Join us again tomorrow when we bring you more of the latest news and stories through the Perspective of a Catholic lens.
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