No, it’s not the latest plot for a sci-fi blockbuster.
A senior Vatican scientist believes aliens might have souls – no matter how many tentacles- and could choose to be baptized if humans ever met them and it asked for it, reports the Guardian.
The scientist, Brother Guy Consolmagno, who is one of the Pope’s astronomers and is a self-confessed science fiction fan, said he would be “delighted” if intelligent life was found among the stars. “But the odds of us finding it, of it being intelligent and us being able to communicate with it – when you add them up it’s probably not a practical question.”
Although we can’t expect E.T. to rock up to Mass any time soon, it’s nice to know the Vatican’s got a plan.