Pope discusses life’s biggest questions with International Space Station crew

Source: The Guardian

 and agencies

Pontiff becomes second pope to speak to astronauts orbiting the Earth with live streamed video call from the Vatican

Pope Francis
 Pope Francis talks to the six astronauts during a video conference with the International Space Station. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The Earth is a fragile thing that could even destroy itself, Pope Francis told astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday, saying they had an opportunity to see the planet “from the eyes of God”.

The voice of Pope Francis was heard in the heavens when he made a 20-minute video call to six astronauts to talk about life’s biggest questions – including their opinions on love, their sources of joy and how life without gravity changed their view of the world.

The US astronaut and mission commander Randy Bresnik told the pope that they saw a world without borders or conflicts from their point of view above the Earth. .

“What gives me the greatest joy is to look outside every day and see God’s creation – maybe a little bit from his perspective,” Bresnik, 50, told Pope Francis. Far from wars, famines, pollution or human folly, he said “the future of humanity looks better from up here”.

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