The Catholic Church has made a number of very sensational statements concerning extraterrestrial life. Director of the Vatican Observatory — the Jesuit priest José Funes — admitted the existence of other civilizations beyond Earth, RIA "Novosti". "To date, we have found no evidence that extraterrestrial life exists. But in the universe of billions of galaxies, each of which has billions of stars, you can not obviously rule out the existence of life," — he said during a conference held in Rome on the initiative of the Catholic church.
Funes drew attention to the fact that the search for signals of intelligent civilizations life on other planets needed for people to better understand themselves and "to realize its own source of life." The astronomer said that the Catholic Church has always been interested in science, adding that one can never know what will happen to us, even after 10 — 15 years. "We know about 350 stars, around which the planets revolve. It is possible that some of them may be a planet similar natural conditions on the Earth," — he concluded.
According to astronomers, the universe is not a "result of the chaos," and the very nature clearly and logically structured, which, in turn, allows people to carry out various research, discover and understand the laws of physics. "Science can meditate and find the laws of nature, which reflects the order," — stated Funes.
The statement on the matter and did Pope Benedict XVI, who noted that science and belief in God are compatible, since both, and both are necessary for the survival of life on earth. "Faith does not conflict with science, but rather working with her. Whereas science is discovering something new about the man and the cosmos, faith reveals what really is good for man and mankind in which the mainstream is moving" — quoted him as saying Peace FM.
Vatican astronomers conduct their research in one of the oldest observatories in the world Specola Vaticana. They also benefit from a powerful telescope, installed in the U.S. state of Arizona, and regularly participate in major international scientific conferences.