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Week of November 10, 2008
God the Creator sustains and nurtures life, Benedict tells scientists
By Catholic News Service
The world did not emerge out of chaos; rather it was created by “the first being,” Pope Benedict said.
The Creator also is involved not only with the origins of the universe, but continually sustains the development of life and the world, he said Oct. 31 to participants at a conference on evolution.
“In order to develop and evolve, the world must first be, and thus have come from nothing into being. It must be created,” the pope said.
But God’s work in creating out of nothing did not end there, he said. The Creator founded the cosmos and its developments and “supports them, underpins them and sustains them continually.”
“Creation is not just the starting point of life; it is the relationship that links the creature to the Creator, who is the cause of every being and all becoming,” he said.
“The world, far from originating out of chaos, resembles an ordered book.”