Arguably the most open-minded Pope the Catholics has ever had so far, Pope Francis, who was a chemist before devoting his life to priesthood, frequently made the headlines due to his controversial statements on science. This year, the Argentinian-born Pope, tackled several issues head on – from climate change to the Big Bang theory.
Renowned physicist and self-proclaimed atheist, Stephen Hawking, had a personal encounter with Pope Francis at the conference for the members of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences at the Vatican in Rome.
Rumor has it the Vatican, home to the Pope, knows more about extraterrestrial life than it has led us to believe and holds alien secrets it plans to divulge through a press conference in months to come, a report by Disclose.tv claims. The article cited Father José Gabriel Funes and Brother Guy Consolmagno, both from the Vatican Observatory (the Specola Vaticana in Latin), an astronomical research and educational institution supported by the Holy See.
Pope Francis urged world leaders to push for the Paris Climate Change Pact, a plea that defies U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s call to end the battle of the U.S. against climate change.