“…our planet is extremely fragile while warning the astronauts that ‘our planet could destroy itself,’ said Pope Francis in his video conference with the crew of the International Space Station from the Vatican’s library.
Pope Francis has spent 25 minutes in a video conference call with crew members onboard the International Space Station. It was a Vatican-to-Space video call. Pope Francis warned that our planet is extremely fragile while warning the astronauts that ‘our planet could destroy itself.’
“Good morning or Good evening. Because when one is in space you never know,” said Pope Francis.
In his first question, Pope Francisco recalled that “astronomy makes you contemplate the farthest horizons of the Universe and raises in us the questions: where do we come from, where do we go? I ask you, in the light of your experience in space: What is your thinking about the place of man in the Universe?”
In response, Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli acknowledged that it is a “complex question.” He pointed out that he, as an engineer, is considered “a technical person. I am in my environment surrounded by machines, experiments”.
For this reason, “when talking about these much more internal issues, I’m a little perplexed. It is a very delicate speech. I think our goal here is to know, to increase knowledge. I would like very much that people like you, not only physicists but also theologians, philosophers, poets, writers, can come here, into space, to explore what the presence of humans beyond the confines of the earth means. This will surely be possible in the future.”
Pope Francis seemed to have been moved by comets made by mission commander Randy Bresnik who said that the thing that gave him the greatest joy in space was: “to be able to look outside and see God’s creation may be a little bit from his perspective.”
People cannot come up here and see the indescribable beauty of our earth and not be touched in their souls.
“What I see from here is an incredible perspective: it’s the possibility of seeing the Earth somewhat with God’s eyes, and to see the beauty and incredibility of this planet. In our orbital speed of 10 kilometers per second, we see the Earth with different eyes: we see an Earth without borders, we see an Earth where the atmosphere is extremely fine and fleeting, and to look at this Earth in this way enables us to think how human beings, how we human beings should work together and collaborate for a better future,” said Mr. Bresnik.
In response, Pope Francis said how Mr. Bresnik had “managed to understand that the Earth is too fragile and it passes in a moment.”
“It is a very fragile thing, the atmosphere is thin, so capable of doing harm, of destroying itself, and you have gone to look at it from the eyes of God,” added Pope Francis.
“Our diversity makes us strong. By working together, we can do more things than acting individually,” concluded Pope Francis.