News
Pope Francis Gives Surprise TED Talk

May 3, 2017 — Pope Francis gave a surprise recorded TED Talk presented on April 25 at the TED2017 conference, the first time a pope has ever given a TED Talk.

His message: “The only future worth building includes everyone.”

TED is a non-profit organization sponsoring short informative talks, targeted at a wide audience, from experts in different fields.

Pope Francis presented a hopeful message about solidarity to people of all faiths in the 18-minute video in Italian (shown with English subtitles above).

"Let us help each other, all together, to remember that the 'other' is not a statistic, or a number," he said. "We all need each other."

The arrangement was planned a year in advance and included several trips to Rome, employing 40 TED translators who worked to post the pope’s message with subtitles in 20 different languages.

“At a certain point, nearly 80 people across our team and in Vatican City were aware of the talk — but we managed to keep it confidential until the moment we unveiled it at TED2017,” said Bruno Giussani, TED’s international curator.

The pope planned his own message but included initial input from TED curators “to better understand the nature of the TED community.”

“A single individual is enough for hope to exist, and that individual can be you,” Pope Francis said. “And then there will be another ‘you,’ and another ‘you,’ and it turns into an ‘us.’ And so, does hope begin when we have an ‘us?’ No. Hope began with one ‘you.’ When there is an ‘us,’ there begins a revolution.” [Source: TED]





Recent News

Father Ed Sthokal, SJ, had never considered becoming a retreat director; he never even specifically trained for it. The plan for the young Jesuit was to teach English literature, perhaps go on to run a university department in the field. So how did he end up spending 58 years as a retreat director at Demontreville Retreat House in Lake Elmo, Minnesota?

Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Robert H. Schmidt, SJ, who died on September 26th in Patna, India. He was 79 years old. May he rest in peace.

September 22, 2017 — Hurricane Maria has left devastation behind in Puerto Rico, and Jesuit school and parish families need our help. The Central and Southern Province Jesuits are accepting financial contributions to aid in recovery.

Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Vincent A. Hagarman, SJ, who died on September 10, 2017, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 95 years old. He is preceded in death by his twelve siblings. May he rest in peace.

September 7, 2017 — It is with great joy that the Midwest Jesuits welcome seven new novices to the Jesuit Novitiate of St. Alberto Hurtado.

September 5, 2017 — Jesuit Father Timothy Kesicki's letter to Dreamers after the rescission of DACA.

view all news

Search news

Publications

Jesuits Summer 2017

Jesuits Spring 2017

Jesuits Fall-Winter 2016



Creighton University Retreat Center
Located 45 miles east of Omaha, Neb., in rural Iowa, the Creighton University Retreat Center is situated on 154 wooded acres on the Nishnabotna River.