Revolution of Tenderness

Why the only future worth building includes everyone | Pope Francis

‘A single individual is enough for hope to exist, and that individual can be you’.  This is one of the key statements made by Pope Francis in his TED Talk delivered directly from Vatican City.

Listen to Vatican Radio’s Sean-Patrick Lovett put this TED Talk into context.

Christopher G. Kerr breaks down the ‘Why the only future worth building includes everyone’ TED Talk into three parts:

  1. That we all “need each other” and the world’s challenges are best solved together.
  2. Using the story of the Good Samaritan, he emphasized the importance of living out the value of solidarity and that the fields of science and technology could play key roles in responding to the realities of social injustice.
  3. He called for a “revolution of tenderness” — challenging people to see and hear the other and respond with words and actions of love.
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Watch the TED Talk by Pope Francis ‘Why the only future worth building includes everyone’.  Pope Francis calls all people to work together for equality, solidarity and tenderness as ‘we all need each other’.


Message: The Good Samaritan

Having heard Pope Francis speak about and reference the parable of the Good Samaritan, reflect on the words and ideas in the Scripture.

Luke 10:25-37 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

25 Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus.[a] “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” 27 He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbour as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.”

29 But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbour?” 30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan while travelling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii,[b] gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.’ 36 Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” 37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”


Luke 10:25 Gk him.
Luke 10:35 The denarius was the usual day’s wage for a laborer.

See, Think, Wonder

After watching the TED Talk ‘Why the only future worth building includes everyone’ what did you see, what did you think and what are you wondering?

  • What did you see?
  • What did you think?
  • What are you wondering?