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Newsweek is wondering if the Vatican knows something we don’t:

Pressure is growing on the Vatican to shed light on whether it was aware of a UFO being retrieved from Italy in the 1930s, amid a slew of claims about the U.S. government’s knowledge and handling of contact with alien life.

It follows claims made by David Grusch, a U.S. Air Force veteran who previously worked at the National Reconnaissance Office on UFOs, in an interview in June that an Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon (UAP) was recovered from Magenta, a town near Milan, in 1933, before becoming a U.S. possession with the help of the papal state.

The “whistleblower” was among three people to recently testify to the House Oversight Committee on the allegations. He repeated his earlier claim that the federal government had been aware of non-human activity since the 1930s

Grusch alleged that then-Pope Pius XII had “backchanneled” knowledge of the UFO to the U.S., which “ended up scooping it” from them. When asked explicitly whether he was saying the Catholic church knew about the existence of alien life, Grusch responded: “Certainly.”

… Ross Coulthart, one of the journalists who interviewed Grusch prior to the congressional hearing, told NewsNation that other, unnamed sources had confirmed the story to him, and suggested that the Vatican’s silence may be a sign of the claim’s truth.

“It’s a very difficult situation for the Vatican because if Mr Grusch is telling the truth—and I’m told he is—it’s a difficult thing for the Vatican to admit without the U.S. concurring,” he said. “I’m told the Vatican does have a very efficient intelligence service and it’s long collaborated with intelligence services like the CIA providing useful intelligence, and especially in the wake of the Second World War.”

The possibility of alien life poses a complex theological question for the Catholic church, which holds that humans were created as intelligent creatures by God and have a special connection to him through Jesus Christ—but this does not necessarily mean that the same cannot be said of another, similar life form.

In 2008, Jesuit Father Jose Funes, then-director of the Vatican Observatory, told the state’s newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, that there was no conflict between faith and the possibility of “extraterrestrial brothers.”=

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