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Thursday, December 2, 2004


VATICAN CITY, DEC 2, 2004 (VIS) - Yesterday afternoon Archbishop John P. Foley spoke at a conference on film and spirituality which is taking place in the Free University of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven (LUMSA) in Rome. The theme of the conference is "Hybridization of man and machine, identity and conscience in post-modern film." 

  The president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications emphasized that the film industry "has been able to represent effectively the anxieties and fears related to a future in which human beings must deal with the consequences of a hybridization with machines carried to the extreme, something which they themselves made possible."

  "I hope that machines built by mankind," said the archbishop, "continue to be instruments for professionals, responsible men and women, capable of leaving their imprint so that the spiritual sense of life is not lost and so that respect for all human beings is considered and may contribute to their maturity."
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