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September 21, 2015
The Vatican Searches the Stars, With Its Own Astronomer
 
Did you know that the Vatican has an observatory? We didn’t and think that’s fascinating (and we’re not Catholic). Relational insight can emerge anywhere and U.S. Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno is well-placed to provide some. He’s director of the Vatican Observatory and a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

“The Church urgently needs religious who dedicate their lives to being on the very frontiers between faith and human knowledge, faith and modern science,” Pope Francis said when he announced Brother Consolmagno’s appointment last month.

The pope has been encouraging “continued and deeper dialogue between science and religion, underlining the special role scientific research can have in promoting interreligious dialogue, ‘which is more urgent than ever today.’”

The Vatican Observatory traces back to 1578 and is now based at the papal villa of Castel Gandolfo to avoid light pollution, which is a bane of astronomers the world over.

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Doug Bedell has a background in journalism and PR and is the owner of Resource Relations LLC in Central PA, focusing on organizational and crisis communication. He’s the community manager of SimplyFair.net, a social network on fairness. On the Web, Doug’s at www.ResourceRelations.com. On Twitter, he’s @DougBeetle.
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