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01: Monsignor Corrado Balducci
Vatican theologian insider close to the Pope, Monsignor Balducci said that he is on a Vatican commission looking into extraterrestrial encounters, and how to cope with the emerging general realization of extraterrestrial contact.
"Extraterrestrial contact is a real phenomenon. The Vatican is receiving much information about extraterrestrials and their contacts with humans from its Nuncios (embassies) in various countries, such as Mexico, Chile and Venezuela."
"We can no longer think, is it true? Is it not true? Are they truths or are they lies? If we believe or if we don't believe, no! There are already numerous considerations which make the existence of these beings into a certainty we cannot doubt."
02: Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes
The Vatican Cities top astronomer at the Vatican said in an interview published in a Vatican newspaper piece, titled "The Extraterrestrial Is My Brother."
"There could be alien life forms and believing they exist isn't contradictory to having faith in God. The expansiveness of the universe means there could be life on planets other than Earth. In my opinion this possibility exists."
Funes, the director of the Vatican Observatory, told L'Osservatore Romano, "Astronomers believe the universe is made up of 100 billion galaxies, each of which consists of 100 billion stars. Life forms could exist in theory even without oxygen or hydrogen."
Funes said that there might even be other intelligent life out there, but believing in its existence doesn't pose a problem for those of the Catholic faith.
"It is possible. So far we have no proof. But certainly in a universe so big we can not exclude this hypothesis.", He told the paper.
"As there is a multiplicity of creatures on earth, so there may be other beings, intelligent, created by God. This does not conflict with our faith, because we cannot put limits on the creative freedom of God."
He said, "Human beings could even consider another life form an extraterrestrial brother because it too would be one of God's creatures."
"How can we rule out that life may have developed elsewhere?", Funes said, "Just as we consider earthly creatures as brothe & sister, why should we not talk about an extraterrestrial brother? It would still be part of creation."