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[Correspondence] Pope Francis and the Italian scientific golden age

Guiseppe Remuzzi and Richard Horton (Jan 2, p 11)1 speculate that Pope Francis, in his encyclical Laudato Si’, expressed a “changing position of the Vatican” towards scientific research and hope that this attitude could “contribute to fostering a new scientific golden age for Italy”. This assertion is based on the idea that the decline of Italian science and medicine might be ascribed to the diffidence of the Vatican towards scientists and to its influence on submissive and consent-seeking politicians.