Pope Francis spoke live Thursday with the six astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS), taking the opportunity to ask their opinion on “the place of man in the universe”.
This is the second time in history that a pope has communicated with space, his predecessor Benedict XVI having done so in April 2011.
“Good morning or good evening, because when you’re in space you never know,” Pope Francis first said, sitting in a room in the Vatican for the live satellite.
“Astronomy makes you contemplate infinite horizons of the universe and raises questions among us: where do we come from, where are we going?”, He commented.
“In the light of your experiences in space, what is your thought about the place of man in the universe?” He asked the Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli, an engineer who stoically emphasized “complexity” of the question.