14 November 2009
THE VATICAN AND THE EXTRATERRRESTRIAL LIFE
It is not new that the Vatican shows interest in Astrobiology and the possibilities of extraterresrial life.
Under the lead of the Argentinian Father Gabriel Funes, a Jesuit priest head of the Astronomical Observatory, the Vatican convened a special meeting this week that dealt with the possibilities of the discovery of extraterrestrial life and its consequences for the beliefs of the Church.
There were invited 30 scientists from different parts of the world. Among them Dr. Paul Davies, a British-born theoretical physicist, cosmologist, astrobiologist, and author of many best-selling books. Dr. Jill Tarter, the well known Director of the Center for SETI Research at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, Chris Impey, a University Distinguished Professor of astronomy at the University of Arizona, and Dr. Athena Coustenis, a French citizen, born in Greece, which belongs to the Astronomical Observatory of Paris-Meudon.
About what was discussed there and the words of some of the participants, please see the following article: