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Scientists, believers should admit how little they know, pope says

Scientists and people of faith must always admit they don’t know everything, and they must never be afraid to explore and discover more, Pope Francis told astronomy students and experts.

“As people who love what we do, we can find in our love for this universe a foretaste of that divine love which, in contemplating his creation, declared that it was good,” he said on 14th June.

The pope spoke to dozens of young astronomy students who were taking part in a monthlong summer school sponsored by the Vatican Observatory.

The summer program in astrophysics, held every two years, accepts a small group of promising university and graduate students, mostly from developing nations, who are specialising in astronomical sciences.

During a private audience in the apostolic palace, the pope praised the way the study program brings together people from so many different countries, cultures and areas of specialisation.

This endeavour shows how “diversity can be united by a common goal of study” and how success in that work depends precisely on this diversity, he said.

Picture: Pope Francis greets Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory, during an audience with students in the summer school of the observatory, at the Vatican on 14th June. (CNS photo/Vatican Media).