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Scientists are closer than ever to finding out the truth about life beyond Earth. Just last month, NASA excitedly discussed the potential of one exoplanet — Kepler b — that appears to be the most Earth-like planet ever confirmed outside of the solar system. The Vatican is also excited about the prospect of finding alien life. But it has a few things to say on the subject first. Read more: How climate-change doubters lost a papal fight Meeting between Pope and Russian Orthodox head 'getting closer' Pope Francis calls on leaders to tackle climate change Pope: Arms investors 'hypocrites if they call themselves Christians'.
Last year, Francis said that if an alien being came to him and asked for a baptism, he would obviously. In the early Church, even today, there is the ministry of the ostiary [usher].
And what did the ostiary do? He opened the door, received the people, allowed them to pass. But it was never the ministry of the closed door, never. When the Vatican talks about this, it often makes allusions to the baptism of Gentiles into the early Christian church, which at first consisted largely of Jewish converts.
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Brother Guy J. In he entered the Society of Jesus , and took vows as a brother in On entry into the order, he was assigned as an astronomer to the Vatican Observatory , where he also serves as curator of the Vatican Meteorite collection , a position he has held since then. In addition to his continuing professional work in planetary science, he has also studied philosophy and theology. His research is centered on the connections between meteorites and asteroids , and the origin and evolution of small bodies in the solar system.
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