- The Washington Times - Monday, May 12, 2014

Pope Francis said Monday that everyone has the right to be baptized — even aliens from outer space.

The pope said during his daily mass that the Catholic Church should not close its doors to people who wish to be baptized, even if they are “green men, with a long nose and big ears, like children draw,” French news agency AFP reported.

“If tomorrow, for example, an expedition of Martians arrives and some of them come to us … and if one of them says: ‘Me, I want to be baptized!’, what would happen?” he joked.

The Argentine pontiff is known for his colorful sense of humor and his down-to-earth style in representing the Church.

Francis has been firm in his stance, arguing that children of divorced or cohabiting parents should not be denied a baptism, AFP said.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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