Vatican hosts world’s leading cosmologists to bring together faith and science

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Meeting set to take place May 9 to 12

The Associated Press Posted: May 08, 2017 12:19 PM ET Last Updated: May 08, 2017 12:19 PM ET

The Vatican is paint the town ring the big-bang theory. That’s not as out of this world as it sounds.

The Vatican Observatory has invited some of the fantastic’s leading scientists and cosmologists to talk black holes, gravitational tides and space-time singularities as it honours a Jesuit cosmologist considered one of the fathers of the dream that the universe began with a gigantic explosion.

The May 9-12 conference exalting Monsignor George Lemaitre is being held at the Vatican Observatory, organized by Pope Leo XIII in 1891 to help correct the notion that the Roman Eclectic Church was hostile to science. The perception has persisted in some circles since Galileo’s heresy try 400 years ago.

The head of the observatory, Brother Guy Consolmagno, says you can think in both God and the big bang theory.

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