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The Vatican: Converting Martians; an alien Jesus

The Vatican Observatory has been studying space since the 16th century, according to the Huffington Post, and the scientists there are as interested in the discovery of a possible Earth-like planet last month, Kepler 452B, as anyone. It does raise theological questions as well as astronomical ones:

The Rev. José Gabriel Funes, an astronomer who directs the observatory, said he’s open to the possibility of extraterrestrial life and has been for quite some time. Funes finds no contradiction between Catholic theology […]

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Star of Bethlehem back in the sky this week?

According to National Geographic, Venus and Jupiter are closer this week than they’ve been in more than 10 years; last night and tonight they will be at their closest, separated by less than half a degree.

The conjunction of the two planets may be an explanation for a Biblical phenomenon:

While limited in their scientific interest, historically Venus and Jupiter conjunctions may be a possible answer to the Star of Bethlehem legend. In the years 2 and 3 B.C. there was a […]

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