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Why Is the Vatican Addressing UFOs, Aliens, and Apparitions Now?

The Vatican has always been an institution shrouded in mystery. Recently, it has made headlines by deciding to issue new guidelines on aliens and how it will deal with potential encounters in the future.

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This sudden move has raised many questions about why the Vatican is choosing to address this topic now and what hidden meaning it might have for our understanding of extraterrestrial life and supernatural phenomena.

Historical Context and Recent Developments

Historically, the Vatican has maintained a cautious stance on the topic of extraterrestrial life. The last time the Vatican’s doctrinal office issued norms for evaluating alleged apparitions and reports of supernatural events was in February 1978.

At the time, the prefect, Cardinal Franjo Seper, said the norms were necessary given how news of alleged apparitions spreads rapidly thanks to the mass media.

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However, in recent years, there have been notable shifts in this approach. For instance, in 2008, Father José Gabriel Funes, the director of the Vatican Observatory, openly stated that the belief in extraterrestrial life does not contradict the Catholic faith. This was a significant departure from traditional views and suggested a more open-minded approach within the Church.

The Vatican Observatory is headquartered in Italy at Castel Gandolfo, where the Pope has a summer villa. But it also operates a telescope at the Mount Graham International Observatory at the University of Arizona.

The AFP asked Funes about NASA’s recent announcement, which he said was “great news.”

“It is probable there was life and perhaps a form of intelligent life,” Funes said.

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But, he cautioned: “I don’t think we’ll ever meet a Mr. Spock.”

Funes has said for years that there’s no conflict between the possibility of alien life — even intelligent life — and the teachings of the Catholic Church. “Just as there is a multiplicity of creatures on Earth, there can be other beings, even intelligent, created by God,” Funes said in 2008. “This is not in contrast with our faith because we can’t put limits on God’s creative freedom.”

“To say it as St. Francis [of Assisi], if we consider some earthly creatures as ‘brother’ and ‘sister,’ why couldn’t we also talk of an ‘extraterrestrial brother’? He would also belong to creation,” he said.

One of the primary reasons the Vatican might be addressing the issue now is the growing credibility of UFO reports. Governments around the world, including the United States, have begun to declassify documents related to unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP).

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The Pentagon’s establishment of the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF) and the subsequent release of videos showing unexplained aerial encounters have added a layer of legitimacy to the discussion.

The Vatican, aware of these developments, may feel compelled to provide guidance to its followers on how to interpret these events within a theological framework.


Scientific and Technological Advancements

Advances in technology and space exploration have brought humanity closer to potentially discovering extraterrestrial life. Missions to Mars, the study of exoplanets, and the search for microbial life in our solar system are increasingly pointing to the possibility that we are not alone.

The Vatican, which has its own observatory and engages in scientific research, is likely aware of these advancements and the likelihood of significant discoveries in the near future.

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Pope Francis seems to be quite interested in the topic of aliens. In comments that he made near the end of 2023, Pope Francis seemed to suggest that aliens could actually be baptized…

He said: “That was unthinkable. If, for example, tomorrow an expedition of Martians came, and some of them came to us, here… Martians, right? Green, with that long nose and big ears, just like children paint them…And one says, ‘But I want to be baptized!’ What would happen?”

He didn’t answer his own question, but added: “It was never the ministry of the closed door, never.”

The Vatican’s new guidelines could be seen as a way to prepare the faithful for potential future encounters with extraterrestrial beings. From a theological perspective, the discovery of alien life would raise profound questions about creation, salvation, and the uniqueness of human beings.

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By addressing these issues proactively, the Vatican aims to provide a coherent framework that integrates these potential discoveries with Catholic doctrine.

In addition to UFOs and aliens, the Vatican’s guidelines reportedly also address apparitions and supernatural phenomena. The Church has a long history of investigating and sometimes validating such events.

By issuing guidelines, the Vatican seeks to standardize its approach to these occurrences, ensuring that any claims are thoroughly vetted and understood within a religious context. This move might also be a response to the increasing interest in paranormal phenomena and the need to provide a clear stance on these matters.

Nave of St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, Rome

Do They Know Something We Don’t?

Speculation is rife that the Vatican might have access to information that is not publicly available. Throughout history, the Vatican has been a repository of vast amounts of knowledge, including secret archives that are not accessible to the general public.

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It is conceivable that the Church might be privy to information regarding extraterrestrial life or supernatural occurrences that it deems necessary to prepare the faithful for.

The producer of a new documentary entitled “God Versus Aliens” seems to believe that the Vatican wants to prepare us for the day when humanity finally makes contact with such beings…

The documentary is to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and reveal the Vatican’s secrets about UFOs.

The award-winning filmmaker Mark Christopher Lee says that the Vatican publishing new guidance on apparitions means that full disclosure about the UFO phenomenon is getting closer.

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He said: “The Vatican has been studying UFOs for decades and even has its own Cardinal appointed to deal with first contact. From my research I believe that this new guidance on apparitions is proof that they know that UFOs are more than just physical crafts from other worlds and that they have a paranormal side to them.”

However, it’s also important to consider that this move could be a strategic response to the changing landscape of public opinion and scientific discovery. By taking a proactive stance, the Vatican ensures it remains relevant and authoritative on matters that captivate and concern its followers.

Whether motivated by new information or a strategic response to ongoing developments, the Vatican is positioning itself to provide guidance on some of the most intriguing and potentially transformative issues of our time.

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Zoe Mitchell

Zoe Mitchell is an independent researcher and writer specializing in extraordinary topics. With a degree in journalism, she delves into the mysteries that lie beyond the surface of our reality.