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Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are real 31.10.14

Independent: Experts suggest that this marks “a shift” for the Catholic Church

This week, Pope Francis delivered an address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on the scientific theories of the Big Bang and evolution. The leader of the Catholic Church has made a number of ‘progressive’ statements on a wide range of topics since becoming Pope, but his comments on established scientific theories have surprised many.

“When we read about creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so. He created human beings and let them develop”, he said.

While many commenters have suggested that this statement is “a significant shift” for the Vatican, Pope Francis has not moved entirely away from established teachings, saying that the Big Bang and evolution do not contradict the concept of a creator, and in fact require it.

Read the full story from the Independent:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/pope-francis-declares-evolution-and-big-bang-theory-are-right-and-god-isnt-a-magician-with-a-magic-wand-9822514.html

The original report from the Vatican is available here: http://www.casinapioiv.va/content/accademia/en.html