CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 17 November 2018

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Apple of the technology world’s eye unifier of technology and art

VATICAN CITY (CNS): L’Osservatore Romano put news of Apple Inc. co-founder, Steve Jobs’ death on its front page under the headline, The talented Mr. Apple. 

It said, “Steve Jobs was one of the protagonists and symbols of the Silicon Valley revolution,” which brought changes not only in technology, was also a “revolution of customs, mentality and culture.” The paper said Jobs was “a visionary who united technology and art,” and was a man of “talent, pure talent.” 

Jobs, “had something in common with Pius XI,” Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro told Vatican Radio on October 6 “and that is that he understood that communication is the greatest value we have at our disposal today and we must make it bear fruit.”

The new editor of the influential journal, Civilta Cattolica, noted that like Pope Pius XI, who founded Vatican Radio and built the Vatican railway station, Jobs recognised the importance of expanding communication. The 56-year-old Jobs died on October 5 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. 

Father Spadaro said that Jobs made technology part of the lives of millions and millions of people, not just technicians.

He said Jobs had a “great ability to believe in dreams, to see life not only in terms of little daily things, but to have a vision in front of him. 

Basically, Steve Jobs’ most important message was this, ‘Stay hungry, stay foolish’—in other words, maintain the ability to see life in new ways.” 

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