Faith Inspiring Science: The Vatican Observatory & Website



ROME – Even though there are more than 30 craters on the moon named after Jesuit scientists, to this day there are some who don’t know the Vatican has its own observatory, led of course, by a Jesuit.

To try to get the word out on the Church’s support of science, the Vatican’s star-gazing enterprise launched a new website, podcast and store included.

In the medieval village of Castel Gandolfo, 15 miles from Rome, Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, the head of the Vatican Observatory, told Crux that Pope Leo XIII founded the modern version of the office back in 1891 “to show the world that the Church supports science.”

From Crux


The Vatican Observatory is an institution established by the Holy See for astronomical research and public outreach to advance the scientific understanding of our universe.

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