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New Vatican project on science and religion

President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Cardinal Paul Poupard, has announced the inauguration of a new project to explore the ties between religious faith and scientific knowledge.

The cardinal described the project - titled Science, Theology, and the Ontological Quest, as a "fundamental step in the history of relations between the Church and scientific researchers".

It will involve the participation of scientists and scholars from around the world, under the joint sponsorship of three pontifical universities.

Cardinal Poupard, in presenting the new project to the press in Rome at a briefing on Tuesday, said that science and religion can help each other.

"Science can purify religion of error and superstition," he remarked. He added that, in the search for truth, "the Church has nothing to fear from science."

At the same time, he said "religion can purify science of the idolatry of the scientific approach."

Catholic World News

Pontifical Council for Culture

8 May 2003