- Feb 26, 2021
The Vatican’s top man on all things outer space has cautioned against getting too speculative about recent findings from a group of astronomers suggesting there could be life on Venus, but said that if anything living does exist on the planet, it doesn’t change the calculus in terms of God’s relationship with humanity.
Although dolphins exhibit a remarkable variety of seemingly near-human abilities, it’s tough to say whether they qualify as a non-human “person” by Catholic standards. We don’t need to settle that debate, however, to change our eating and research practices.
Pope Francis leaves next Saturday for a brief but intense three-day outing to Jordan, the Palestinian Territories, and Israel, a region Christians traditionally call the “Holy Land.” He’ll become the fourth pope to make the trip, which is always a religious and political high-wire act. Four challenges await him, beginning