Rome (Italy). On 12 May 2024, the 58th World Day of Social Communications is celebrated on the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. The theme chosen by Pope Francis, made public on the Feast of the Holy Archangels Michael, Gabriel, Raphael and developed in the Message published on 24 January 2024, Feast of Saint Francis of Sales, is:

Artificial Intelligence and the Wisdom of the Heart:
Towards a Fully Human Communication

There are numerous initiatives – webinars, conferences, publications, conventions – around the Day, to raise awareness and form on issues related to Communication, in particular this year, Artificial Intelligence.

On 10 May 2024 in Rome, at the Jubilee Hall of the LUMSA University, the formation course “Artificial intelligence and wisdom of the heart was held. Journalistic deontology and fully human communication”, promoted by the Office for Social Communications of the Diocese of Rome, the Order of Journalists and the Italian Catholic Press Union (UCSI), and the Italian Federation of Catholic Weeklies (FISC) of Lazio, by the Communication and Culture Paoline ODV, by the Association WebCattolici italiani (WeCa).

Among the speakers, Sister Maria Antonia Chinello, Daughter of Mary Help of Christians, journalist, Professor of Communication Technologies at the Pontifical Faculty of Education Science «Auxilium» in Rome,  began her presentation with this question:  How to form and live a deep interiority, starting from the heart for a fully human communication, in this time of emergency, of complexity, of systems of artificial intelligence, and to act and communicate in the name of the present and its challenges for us communicators and journalists, storytellers, witnesses of the signs of the times?

“Knowledge – continued Sister Maria Antonia – is not only intellectual, but also the “taste” and flavor of life; it is discernment, the ‘ability to judge; to criticize, common sense’; the ability to ‘recognize’, as well as ‘to distinguish with the senses, with the mind; to know, to understand’. (…)

In the Bible, a young king, inexperienced, recently succeeded his father David, faced with God’s request to show him what to give him, asks for the gift of a ‘docile heart’, that ‘knows how to do justice to your people and knows how to distinguish good from evil’ (I Kings 3:7-9). Solomon and his story can reveal to us the secret of wisdom of the heart.

The ‘heart’ is the intimate and sacred center of every person, the set of those vital forces that make each of us unique and unrepeatable: thought, memory, feelings, desires, and will. The heart synthesizes everything that has to do with the interiority of us as people. The ‘docile heart’ [in Hebrew lébh shoméá] is literally ‘a heart that listens’, a heart that is capable of recognizing and interpreting the reality in which it is immersed.

Listening, which Pope Francis has already suggested to us as fundamental for our being and working as communicators and journalists, therefore describes well the attitude of which should be permeated our interiority, that depth of heart that leads to ‘live our being’ to think and act, observe, document, tell the meaning and significance of every event, of the continuous becoming of our personal history, but also of the communities to which we belong, of the time of which we write and speak, of the history we live. Listening, which according to the grammar of Francis’ communication is walking and seeing, going and speaking.

Being wise is not something sophisticated, reserved for some privileged elite. It is the concrete way in which history is lived, immersed in time, oriented towards the other, the neighbor, because the ‘wise heart, that listens’ lives and grows in function of the good of the community of which each of us is part. Once again, it is the positive gaze that knows who we meet and who lives next to us.

How can we form ourselves to a spiritual gaze and to the wisdom of the heart? How to grow in humanity and as humanity?

 Sister Maria Antonia suggested some modalities, which are summarized: “rediscovering the silence and the word in their mutual, fruitful relationship; living and breathing ‘big’, not in the smallness of our personal life, letting us go through this time and its challenges, participating in the desire for freedom and justice; growing in a strong sense of empathy, because, as Kapuściński wrote: ‘I cannot help but live things together with people’ because we receive incessantly from others; putting to fruition the talents that we have. If we do not give, we wither, but above all we deprive those who are next to us of what we could have given and we have not given; aware that we must also deal with our inadequacy, our selfishness, our fears. Do not fear suffering and contradictions, neither those that inhabit our heart, nor those that we encounter in the people and in the reality in which we live. Sometimes we will need a heart transplant, a willingness to go back, to get up, to change, to convert ourselves.

Choosing to be human, nourishing our hearts because you listen is going against the current, especially today, but it is the surprise at every turn of the path. Communicating and informing is a way of seeing the world, ‘a form of love of neighbor and people, a love that manifests itself primarily in offering people information and formation, in helping them to think, in helping them to make choices, in helping them to be people” (Episcopal Conference of Peru).

Full text: ucsi.it

1 COMMENT

  1. Es importante no perder nuestro ser humano ni nuestra dimensión espiritual; las tenemos que nutrir cada día a la escucha profunda del corazón, donde mora el Espíritu Santo.

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