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Pope Francis has said that theories of evolution and the Big Bang are real (PA)

The Church has a centuries-long history of promoting scientific inquiry

Mgr Georges Lemaître chats to Albert Einstein in California in 1932 (Photo: PA)

The father of cosmology was wedded to science and the Church

Cardinal Velasio de Paolis is a member of the Vatican's supreme court (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 02/10/12

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