An excellent article by CNA gives a review of the Pope’s address to the Pontifical Academy for Science in audience at the Vatican. The group is gathered in Rome for the academy’s plenary meeting examining “The Scientific Legacy of the Twentieth Century.” Here a summary from the CNA article:
The task of science, rather, “was and remains a patient yet passionate search for the truth about the cosmos, about nature and about the constitution of the human being,” said the Pope.
The Church, he added, supports ongoing scientific research and is grateful for scientific endeavor.
The Church “is convinced that scientific activity ultimately benefits from the recognition of man’s spiritual dimension and his quest for ultimate answers that allow for the acknowledgment of a world existing independently from us, which we do not fully understand and which we can only comprehend in so far as we grasp its inherent logic,” he said.
As scientists commit their experience to observing a world they did not create and attempt to imitate it, said the Pope, they are led to “admit the existence of an all-powerful reason, which is other than that of man, and which sustains the world.”