The Italian Almanac

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Aliens of God

God made not only Man but also any other intelligent life in the Universe, the Vatican's top astronomer said. ''Just as there is a multiplicity of creatures on Earth there could be other beings, intelligent ones, created by God,'' Father Jose' Gabriel Funes told Vatican daily L'Osservatore Romano. ''This does not clash with our faith because we cannot set limits on God's creative freedom,'' said the Jesuit astronomer, who is head of the Vatican Observatory.

Aliens might not need to be 'saved' to enter Heaven, Funes added. Especially if they were ''more evolved,'' he said, ''they might not need saving''. ''They might have remained in full friendship with their Creator,'' he said, using a theological term. In any case, he stressed, it was all right for people to believe in God and aliens too. ''One can admit the (possible) existence of other worlds and other life forms...without calling into question one's belief in Creation''.