SPECIAL RELEASE: PARANET MEMBER DEBUNKS VATICAN STORY ParaNet Alpha 12/05 - Contrary to a

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SPECIAL RELEASE: PARANET MEMBER DEBUNKS VATICAN STORY ParaNet Alpha 12/05 -- Contrary to a published story, there is no evidence that the Vatican has any plans to send missionaries into space to convert extraterrestrials to Catholicism, says a respected UFO researcher. The story, which originally appeared in the London _Evening News_ in July, claimed that a Fr. Pierre Thorel of the Vatican University had set up a program to train missionaries to preach the Gospel to any aliens that may be encountered in space ventures. The story was later sent to the UFO Newsclipping Service by British Ufologist Timothy Good. But John Andrews, Vice President of Testors Corporation and a Para- Net member in San Diego, says the story is bogus. "I contacted the editor of a regional Catholic Magazine," says Andrews, "who contacted the Cathol- ic Media Office in New York." "They had heard of the story. Apparently there is no Fr. Pierre Thorel, there is no new Chair at the Alfonsian Academy in Rome, and there is no effort to develop 'missionaries in space.'" Andrews, a pro-UFO researcher whose stated goal is to market the first authorized plastic model of a genuine flying saucer, says the story had him fooled as much as anyone. "I, too, was taken in...but only for a little while. "It proves the reason to verify whatever we hear." <<>> Copyright 1987 National Fringe Sciences Information Service

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