Loading
Argentinean priest-astronomer named new director of Vatican Observatory

.- On Saturday Pope Benedict XVI named Argentinean Jesuit Father Jose Gabriel Funes new director of the Vatican Observatory.

Father Funes was born in Cordoba, Argentina, and is a member of the Observatory.  He replaces American Jesuit Father George Coyne.

Father Funes studied astronomy before entering the Jesuits, and after his ordination he continued with his studies in the field.

The Vatican Observatory

Pope Leo XIII established the Vatican Observatory near St. Peter’s Basilica.  However, Rome’s heavy pollution made observations difficult, and in 1935 the facility was moved to Castelgandolfo.

In 1981, modern city lights in Rome made it necessary to found a second center of research, “The Vatican Observatory Research Group” in Tucson, Arizona, one of the largest and most advanced astronomical centers in the world.

In 1993, in collaboration with the Steward Observatory, the Vatican Observatory completed construction of the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope (VATT) at Monte Graham, Arizona, considered one of the best astronomical sites in North America.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

New book 'The Vatican unknown'
New book 'The Vatican unknown'
A Look at India from Rome
3D Church mapping
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Aug
1

Liturgical Calendar

August 1, 2014

Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:54-58

Gospel
Date
08/01/14
07/31/14
07/30/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Jer 26: 1-9
Gospel:: Mt 13: 54-58

Saint of the Day

St. Alphonsus Liguori »

Saint
Date

Homily of the Day

Mt 13:47-53

Homily
Date
07/31/14
07/30/14
07/29/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: