Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday noted that astronomers over the centuries have wondered about what kind of star was in the sky, including what he called in "interesting" theories, like one holding that a supernova explosion might have guided the kings. What's important to remember, Benedict said, was that the voyagers were "in search of the true light" of God.
Benedict reiterated long-held church teaching that God's design is behind the creation of the universe.
"The universe is not the result of chance, as some want to make us believe," the pope said in his homily. "Contemplating it (the universe), we are invited to read something profound in it -- the wisdom of the Creator, the inexhaustible imagination of God, his infinite love for us," Benedict said.
"We shouldn't let our minds be limited by theories that always only go so far and that, if we look carefully, aren't at all in contradiction with faith but do not succeed in explaining the ultimate sense of reality," the pope said, musing on the Gospel account of the wise men searching for Jesus shortly after his birth.