Pope Francis will not marry gay couples, but will baptize an alien from Mars.
If someone like E.T were to show up at the Vatican, the leader of the Catholic Church said he would definitely not oppose blessing a Martian.
In his morning Mass on Monday (12 May), the Pope was telling a story from the Acts of Apostles in which Peter observes a group of non-Christians receiving the Holy Spirit.
After other Christians criticized Peter, Pope Francis said: ‘That was unthinkable.
‘If – for example - tomorrow an expedition of Martians came, and some of them came to us, here... Martians, right? Green, with that long nose and big ears, just like children paint them...
‘And one says, “But I want to be baptized!' What would happen?”
Pope Francis then echoed his famous words from last year, when he said: ‘Who am I to judge gay people?’
‘Who are we to close doors?’ he said.
‘In the early Church, even today, there is the ministry of the ostiary [usher]. And what did the ostiary do? He opened the door, received the people, allowed them to pass. But it was never the ministry of the closed door, never.’
Pope Francis is the first Catholic Church leader who has suggested alien baptisms could happen in the future.
In 2010, Vatican scientist Guy Consolmagno said aliens might have souls and could be baptized if they asked.
He said: ‘Any entity – no matter how many tentacles it has – has a soul.’