It’s only Tuesday and it’s already been a big week for Pope Francis. On Monday, Francis told a Vatican audience that scientific theories like evolution and the Big Bang can go hand and hand with religious doctrine. This is a departure from his predecessor Pope Benedict, an advocate of intelligent design.
“The Big Bang, that today is considered to be the origin of the world does not contradict the creative intervention of God -- on the contrary, it requires it,” Pope Francis said. “Evolution in nature is not in contrast with the notion of creation,” he continued.
The pope’s remarks were made during a Monday gathering of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, there to discuss the “Evolving Concepts of Nature,” according to USA Today.
Then on Tuesday, Francis gave off-the-cuff remarks about the poor, unemployment and the environment. At the World Meeting of Popular Movements, Francis assured the crowd that he wasn’t preaching communism, but the Gospel, according to the Associated Press.