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Pope Francis meets physicist Stephen Hawking

Pope Francis meets physicist Stephen HawkingPope Francis has met with British physicist Stephen Hawking during a symposium for the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, DW.

The world-renowned physicist Hawking, who has questioned the necessity of God in explaining the creation of the universe, came to the Vatican as a guest of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on Monday.

The academy reported Pope Francis "blessed" and "thanked" Hawking for his commitment to the academy.

Francis implored Christians and scientists to join together "in the shared goal of protecting our common home, threatened as it is by ecological collapse."

He urged researchers to "work free of political, economic or ideological interests."

In contrast, Francis criticized politicians, questioning their "concrete will to seek the common good" and to implement global climate agreements.
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