#64 - Vatican trial | Curio

#64 - Vatican trial

20 mins | Oct 3, 2021

Today's episode from 4th October 2021. We've got religion and science for you this Monday. We start by looking ahead at a massive week for Pope Francis as he navigates a vote on abortion rights in the US, a vote on same-sex marriage in Germany, and the resumption of the biggest criminal trial in modern history involving the Vatican. After that, we explore how creating synthetic life in labs, we might be able to imagine new ways in which life can be spawned on different planets. In July, the Vatican commenced the biggest criminal trial in modern history. The case alleges 10 people, including a once-powerful cardinal, of defrauding the Holy See of tens of millions of dollars. With the trial resuming and tensions over Biden’s abortion stance and progressive demands by German Catholics who are set to vote on same-sex marriage this week, can the pope keep the diverse church together? We look back at this piece from Francis X. Rocca in The Wall Street Journal, examining what the pope's challenge to the Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexuality reveals about the pope's views on a new chapter for the church. Much of astrobiology is focused on looking for organisms with chemistry similar to ours—but there could well be other kinds. For Scientific American, Avi Loeb looks at the need to maintain a childhood curiosity in the search for extraterrestrial life. Wake up with Curio is a different kind of morning show that gives you the context behind the news and gets you motivated for the day ahead, every Monday - Friday.

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