Vatican City, October 29 2014: Scientific theoriesÂ including the “Big Bang” believed to have brought the universeÂ into being 13.7 billion years ago and the idea that lifeÂ developed through a process of evolution do not conflict withÂ Catholic teaching, Pope Francis said on Tuesday.
Addressing a meeting of the Pontificial Academy of Sciences,Â an independent body housed in the Vatican and financed largelyÂ by the Holy See, Francis said scientific explanations for theÂ world did not exclude the role of God in creation.
“The beginning of the world is not the work of chaos thatÂ owes its origin to something else, but it derives directly fromÂ a supreme principle that creates out of love,” he said.
“The ‘Big Bang’, that today is considered to be the originÂ of the world, does not contradict the creative intervention ofÂ God, on the contrary it requires it,” he said.
“Evolution in nature is not in contrast with the notion ofÂ (divine) creation because evolution requires the creation of theÂ beings that evolve,” the pope said.
The Church once opposed early scientific explanations of theÂ universe that contradicted the account of creation in the Bible,Â famously condemning the 17th century astronomer Galileo GalileiÂ who showed that the earth revolved around the sun.
However, more recently it has sought to shed its image as anÂ enemy of science and the pope’s comments largely echoedÂ statements from his predecessors.
Pope Pius XII described evolution as a valid scientificÂ approach to the development of humans in 1950 and Pope John PaulÂ reiterated that in 1996.
In 2011, the former Pope Benedict said scientific theoriesÂ on the origin and development of the universe and humans, whileÂ not in conflict with faith, left many questions unanswered.
Source: dna India