POPE Francis said this week that everyone has the right to be baptized — even aliens from outer space.
The pope said during his daily mass that the Catholic Church should not close its doors to people who wish to be baptized, even if they are “green men, with a long nose and big ears, like children draw,” French news agency AFP reported.
“If tomorrow, for example, an expedition of Martians arrives and some of them come to us … and if one of them says: ‘Me, I want to be baptized!’, what would happen?” he joked.
The pope’s message was one of inclusion, saying the Holy Spirit is not always predictable. He told a story from the Acts of Apostles in which Peter observes a group of non-Christians receiving the Holy Spirit. Other Christians later criticize Peter for consorting with these people.
“Who are we to close doors?,” asked Francis.
The Argentine pontiff is known for his colorful sense of humor and his down-to-earth style.
Francis has been firm in his stance, arguing that children of divorced or cohabiting parents should not be denied a baptism, AFP said.