Life Imitates V: The Vatican Welcomes Extraterrestrial Intelligences

In case you thought V's storyline, in which the Catholic Church embraces the alien visitors as "God's creatures," was too far fetched, the Vatican held a conference on exo-biology this week. Which occasioned this awesome image from the Telegraph newspaper.

Last year, the Vatican caused a stir when Father Joseph Funes gave an interview, featured prominently in the Vatican's official newspaper, in which he said that intelligent life may exist on other planets. Said Funes:

Just as there is a multitude of creatures on Earth, there could be other beings, even intelligent ones, created by God. This does not contradict our faith, because we cannot put limits on God's creative freedom.

So now Funes, and other Vatican leaders, are hosting a conference on the possibility that sentient life may exist elsewhere in the cosmos. Astronomy professor Chris Impey from the University of Arizona attended, and told a news conference:

Both science and religion posit life as a special outcome of a vast and mostly inhospitable universe. There is a rich middle ground for dialogue between the practitioners of astrobiology and those who seek to understand the meaning of our existence in a biological universe.

Impey adds that we may find life (if not sentient life) on other planets within the next few years, thanks to the large number of exoplanets we've uncovered lately.

Pope/Alien image from Daily Telegraph. [Associated Press, thanks Frumious99!]