Pope Francis told a Vatican audience that the Big Bang Theory and evolution “do not contradict” the idea of creation.
NBC News reported that “The Pope’s remarks on Monday to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences appeared to be a theological break from his predecessor Benedict XVI, a strong exponent of creationism.”
According to Pope Francis, Christians should reject the idea that world came into being by chance.
The beginning of the world is not the work of chaos that owes its origin to something else, but it derives directly from a supreme principle that creates out of love. The Big Bang, that today is considered to be the origin of the world, does not contradict the creative intervention of God; on the contrary, it requires it. Evolution in nature is not in contrast with the notion of [divine] creation because evolution requires the creation of the beings that evolve.
The Pontiff added that God created beings “and let them develop in accordance with the internal laws that he has given to each one,” that the development of each creature’s characteristics over millennia “does not contrast with the notion of creation because evolution presupposes the creation of beings that evolve.”
When we read in Genesis the account of creation [we are] in danger of imagining that God was a magician, complete with a magic wand that can do all things. But that is not so. He created life and let each creature develop according to the natural laws which he had given each one.