Pope Francis has said he believes in the Big Bang theory.
The pontiff also said that the scientific account of the beginning of the universe confirms God's existence.
At a meeting of the Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Sciences, he said that evolution was compatible with God's plan.
He said though the first book of the Bible, Genesis, might suggest God was a "magician with a magic wand able to do everything," that this "is not
Instead he claimed that God "created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach
their fulfilment," reported the Religious News Service.
He added: "Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that