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The previous pages mentioned the meeting that has been arranged between the Roman Pope and Albert Einstein. The Pope was visibly nervous since he didn't what to expect from a such renown scientist who supposedly "cracked the universe code" when actual the Pope should be in charge of such revelations! However, Albert was in a good mood and he never looked to pick up a fight with an authority that has a stick and brutal force. He even had formed very close relationship with the Belgium Royal family keeping their influence for more productive matters like helping starving scientists, writing letters of recommendations and being "all together" pacifist wrote a famous letter calling for a Manhattan project.
The Pope was put at ease when he heard from Albert Einstein that "there's no relationship between science and religion" What a piece of lie coming from an old men who simply learned that there's no virtue in fighting the establishment and it's a win-win situation by cracking the compromise. The Church didn't feel offended or threatened and A. Einstein earned a title of a great diplomat advancing the science without the religion sniffing around.