The Vatican recently announced that "The belief that extraterrestrial life exists in the universe does not contradict faith in God". I believe that this is just more preparation for this event that many others are also claiming will take place. Up until recently, the Vatican was opposed to the idea that there was any other intelligent life out there and to believe that there was contradicted with the word of the bible. So, why the sudden change of thought? Why announce this now? ~To prepare us for something that they know is going to happen.