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A group of scientists and researchers are seeking access to the Vatican Apostolic Archives to uncover information about UFOs and the paranormal. Source: CNS.

They believe there may be traces amid the archive’s 80 kilometres of shelves holding everything from handwritten papal notes to presidential missives. 

The decades-long effort gained momentum in 2023 following former US intelligence official David Grusch’s congressional testimony alleging the Vatican’s involvement in an international cover-up of alien secrets.

Mr Grusch claimed Pope Pius XII “backchanneled” information to the US about a crashed UFO recovered by fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.

“I don’t know where (Mr Grusch) got this information,” Marco Grilli, secretary to the prefect of the archives, said.

Mr Grilli said the archives had received emails inquiring about the veracity of Mr Grusch’s claims but likened them to requests to read the personal letters of Pontius Pilate or the Virgin Mary.

“One can laugh at it,” he said. 

However, findings like those reported in Diana Walsh Pasulka’s 2019 book American Cosmic suggest to UFO believers that the archives hold more than meets the eye. 

Professor Pasulka, a religious studies professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, said the archives are full of reports about paranormal events, such as nuns witnessing orbs entering their cells, flying houses and other aerial phenomena. 

She argues that these events might be better understood as UFO-type occurrences rather than miracles as Catholics traditionally understand them.

“The historical record is filled with these kinds of events,” she said .“The people at the Vatican, they don’t even know where to look; it’s in their basements.” 

While the staff at the Vatican archives acknowledge that their vast shelves contain accounts of miracles, they deny that any of their holdings pertain to aliens.

“The prefect wants to affirm that there is no document in the archives that regards extraterrestrial life,” and scholars seeking such material at the Vatican should be “dissuaded from undertaking futile and unproductive attempts in this Apostolic Archive”, Mr Grilli said.


Angels or aliens? Some researchers say Vatican archives hold UFO secrets (CNS)