The Vatican is holding a symposium where gravitational waves and singularities in space – time will also be discussed.

Pope Francis, in the Vatican.

And Giordano Bruno will raise his head you couldn’t believe it. The same Church that decided to send him to the bonfire For heresy in 1600 for saying that the Earth was not the only planet in the Universe and that there were more habitable worlds, he now conducts a seminar on concepts that would have made the heads of those who condemned explode: black holes, gravitational waves and singularities in space time.

The scientific appointment, organized by the Vatican Observatory, is called Workshop The master, in honor of the Jesuit cosmologist considered one of the fathers of the idea that the universe began with a gigantic explosion. It is one more step in the acceptance of scientific theories by the Catholic Church since, in 2014, Pope Francis recognize the existence of the Big Bang and said that this “is not incompatible with the idea of ​​God.”

This recreation of the new science-religion idyll It is celebrated until this Friday – although that day is dedicated, according to the program, to “events in the Vatican” – in Castel Gandolfo, the papal summer residence.

The level of the participants is very high, since in the conference they will speak -among others- Roger Penrose, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and controversial thanks to his Theory of mind Y Andrei Linde, Professor of Physics at Stanford University and father of the theory of cosmic inflation.

The Vatican Observatory downplays the significance of this meeting and claims that George Lemaitre’s own existence already helped to correct the notion That the Roman Catholic church was hostile to science. “He understood that looking back the universe must have been in a state of high energy density, compressed to the point of being like an original atom from which it all began,” the agency said in a press release.

The director of the Observatory, the Jesuit Guy Consolmagno recalled: “Lemaitre himself was very careful to remind people – including Pope Pius XII – that the God’s creative act is not something that occurred 13.8 billion years ago, but it is something that happens continually“. Christians, he adds, believe in a supernatural god who is responsible for the existence of the universe, but our science tells us how he did it.