DAILY TELEGRAPH, London England Oct. 28, 1992 NCS Dec. 1992 pg. 15 vatican1.txt Vatican se

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DAILY TELEGRAPH, London England Oct. 28, 1992 NCS Dec. 1992 pg. 15 vatican1.txt Vatican sets evangelical sights on outer space By Bruce Johnston In Rome THE Roman Catholic Church is to team up with America's space agency to look for life in outer space and so spread the Gospel to extraterrestrials. Jesuit priests who run the Vatican Observatory near Rome say they are joining forces with the US Nasa agency to hunt for UFOs and signs of life on planets in solar systems similar to Earth's. NASA's job will be to monitor for "alien" communication signals; the Vatican, which has helped to build a new reflector telescope in Tucson, Arizona, would search for planets displaying conditions for life. The Vatican's new telescope, which Father George Coyne, director of the Vatican Observatory, said would be "ready for use within the next few days, and unveiled to the public in January", is a joint venture with the University of Arizona. He said it was "not the most powerful in the world, but certainly the most novel" and the most accurate. Should intelligent alien life be found, Fr Coyne said, "the Church would be obliged to address the question of whether extra terrestrials might be brought within the fold and baptised". "Why not, if we have the pleasure of meeting them?" asked the Jesuit astronomer, who with nine other clerics runs the Observatory in Tucson, another in Canada, and the Vatican Observatory. Fr Coyne said the Church's attitude to science had radically changed since the Inquisition, which demanded in 1633 that Galileo should back down from his theory that the earth was not the centre of the Universe. He added that for the Church to suddenly find itself meeting an extra terrestrial being could pose "complications from a theological point". "First of all", Fr Coyne said, "one would need to put some questions to him, such as: 'Have you ever experienced something similar to Adam and Eve, in other words original sin?" And then: "Do you people also know a Jesus who has redeemed you?"


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