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Vatican Says Aliens Could Exist

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Wed, 14 May 2008 10:14:00 -0400
Archived: Wed, 14 May 2008 10:14:00 -0400
Subject: Vatican Says Aliens Could Exist

Source: BBC News - London, UK


Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Vatican Says Aliens Could Exist
By David Willey
BBC News Rome

The Pope's chief astronomer says that life on Mars cannot be
ruled out.

Writing in the Vatican newspaper, the astronomer, Father Gabriel
Funes, said intelligent beings created by God could exist in
outer space.

Father Funes, director of the Vatican Observatory near Rome, is
a respected scientist who collaborates with universities around
the world.

The search for forms of extraterrestrial life, he says, does not
contradict belief in God.

The official Vatican newspaper headlines his article 'Aliens Are
My Brother'.

'Free from sin'

Just as there are multiple forms of life on earth, so there
could exist intelligent beings in outer space created by God.
And some aliens could even be free from original sin, he

Asked about the Catholic Church's condemnation four centuries
ago of the Italian astronomer and physicist, Galileo, Father
Funes diplomatically says mistakes were made, but it is time to
turn the page and look towards the future.

Science and religion need each other, and many astronomers
believe in God, he assures readers.

To strengthen its scientific credentials, the Vatican is
organising a conference next year to mark the 200th anniversary
of the birth of the author of the Origin of Species, Charles

[Thanks to 'The Norm' for the lead]

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