Scientific theories including the Big Bang claimed to have brought up the universe into existence 13.7 billion years ago.
Pope Francis adressed a meeting of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, an independent body housed in Vatican and financed largely by the Holy See, that the idea that life developed through a process of evolution do not conflict with Catholic teaching.
Francis said scientific explanations for the world did not exclude the role of God in creation. “The beginning of the world is not the work of chaos that owes its origin to something else, but is derives directly from a supreme principle that creates out of love,” he said. “Evolution in nature is not contrast with he notion of [divine] creation because evolution requires the creation of the beings evolve.”
“The Big Bang, that today is considered to be the origin of the world, does not contradict the creative intervention of God, on the contrary it requires if,” he said. The church once opposed early scientific explanations of the universe that contradicted the account of creation in the Bible, famously condemning the 17th century astronomer Galileo Galilei who showed that the Earth revolved around the sun.
However, more recently, it has sought to shed its image as an enemy of science and the pope’s comments largely echoed statements from his predecessors.
Source: Yahoo News Digest