The pontiff described the hypothetical situation during morning Mass.
According to Vatican Radio, Pope Francis said: “If â€” for example â€” tomorrow an expedition of Martians came, and some of them came to us … And one says, ‘But I want to be baptized!’ What would happen?”
In other words, says The Wire: “If God prompts some Martians to come to Earth, find the Pope, and say ‘we want in on this Catholicism thing.’ The pope would probably say ‘OK. cool.’ But probably in Latin.”
The pope was making the point that baptism shouldn’t be denied to anyone, including children of unmarried parents.
We’re guessing he wasn’t totally serious about the aliens part because, after all, he has been known to ditch his prepared speeches in favor of a joke before.
After his election, he reportedly turned to his cardinals and deadpanned, “May God forgive you for what you have done.”
He once quipped he was the church’s pharmacist whose job it was to prescribe prayer.
Joking aside, it’s worth noting Pope Francis isn’t alone in his compassion toward extraterrestrial life.
The Vatican’s astronomer said a few years ago he’d baptize a Martian because “any entity â€” no matter how many tentacles it has â€” has a soul.”
The pope says those Martians, by the way, are probably green with long noses and big ears. Who knew?