Pope Francis during a phone call to International Space Station asked big existential facts


“As you’re contemplating the undoubted limits of the universe, it makes us think about where we come from and where we’re going,” he said.”In light of your experiences in space, what are your thoughts regarding the place of man in the universe?” he asked between others. “I think that our objective here is that of knowing our being and to fill our knowledge to understand what’s around us,” was the answer received from the space. “But on the other hand, an interesting thing is that the more we know, the more we realize how little we know.”

The International Space Station (Credit: NASA)

Paolo Nespoli  added. Pope Francis also asked the crew, “What do you think about referring to love as the force that moves the universe?” Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin, who replied by telling the Pope about an audiobook he recently listened to called “The Little Prince.” “The best example of what is love is perhaps what is shown in this book,” Misurkin said through a translator. Pope Francis replied at a moment of the conversation “You have succeeded in understanding that Earth is too fragile … and that it is so capable of destroying itself or doing bad things.”


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