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I believe the Pope has to speak "ex cathedra" for his statements to be binding. I don't believe Pope Francis was speaking ex cathedra when he was discussing those theories so the short answer would be no, Catholics aren't expected to believe in those things.


The answer to your question is "No." At least in what was quoted in OP, Pope Francis did not say the Big Bang is true, nor did he say the Theory of Evolution is true. Essentially, he said that IF they are true, there still had to be a God to make them happen. EDIT: Just to clarify - I did not explain what the Pope meant, only what he said.

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