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Vatican official voices opposition to automated weapons systems

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No matter how sophisticated and how many algorithms are programmed to help a drone or other machine make calculations before firing on a target, autonomous weapons systems could never comply with international human rights law, a Vatican official said.

"Meaningful human involvement is absolutely essential in decisions affecting the life and death of human beings," Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican observer to U.N. agencies in Geneva, told experts meeting May 13-16 to discuss lethal autonomous weapons systems.

Advice to graduates

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What do you say to graduates as they leave their universities and go out into the world? That was the problem I faced when I was invited to address the graduates of the Institute for Pastoral Studies and the Graduate School of Loyola University Chicago on Wednesday, May 7. I fear that I was not as encouraging as I would have liked because I see many challenges in their future. Here is what I said: 

After botched execution, OK archbishop denounces death penalty

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The execution of Clayton Lockett did not go off without a hitch Tuesday night.

Instead of death by lethal injection, the Oklahoman inmate died of a heart attack, with the complication attributed to vein failure, the Associated Press reported. The state corrections department was using a new three-drug combination, and the botched execution led them to postpone the execution of Charles F. Warner, also scheduled for Tuesday night, for two weeks.  

Francis, inequality -- and two monkeys to make a point

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Wrote Pope Francis in a sharp a sharp seven-word Tweet April 28th: "Inequality is the root of social evil.”

His tweet was retweeted nearly 14,000 times by day two. Clearly it was resonating.

So what might be the consequences of greater inequality? Are people likely to sit back and accept it? Will they become increasingly angry? Will unrest and violence follow?

Just how deep is the sense of injustice ingrained within us?

This TED talk might provide some answers.

 

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