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Stephen Hawking's encounters with popes

The Pontifical Academy of Sciences Twitter account has regretted the passing of one of its most prestigious members, Stephen Hawking.

Despite not being a believer, the scientist was part of the institution and participated in meetings organized by the academy, like this one in November 2016.


"With James Hartle from the University of California, I worked out what physical conditions the early universe must have, if space time had no boundaries in the past."

On that occasion, he spoke for about 20 minutes to give a generic explanation of his theory. He was also able to greet Pope Francis, although it was not the first time he had visited the Vatican: years before he also met with Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict XVI.

“Your Holiness, it's an honor to meet you.”