A Vatican astronomer on Thursday gave his blessing to extraterrestrials, if they exist, and said he would be happy to baptize one given the opportunity.

“But only upon request,” said Father Guy Consolmagno at the British Science Festival in London. “Every entity, regardless of how many tentacles it has, can have a soul”.

The American research astronomer is an outspoken believer in evolution and the possibility that other intelligent life forms exist outside planet Earth.

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