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Jesuit astronomer remembers the first Christmas in space

Dec 25, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

In the midst of the chaos of 1968, three men left the earth behind, trading the strife of the world... Read more

The Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope (VATT) on Mount Graham in southern Arizona.

Celebrations planned for 30th anniversary of Vatican Observatory’s Arizona telescope

Sep 29, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

In 1981, the Vatican Observatory launched a research center under the famously dark Arizona skies, where it inaugurated its telescope... Read more

Students at the Polytechnic University of Turin built the satellite that launched on a Falcon 9 rocket from the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on June 12, 2023.

Satellite with Pope Francis’ words launches into space

Jun 13, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The “Spei Satelles” mission launched on a Falcon 9 rocket from the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on June... Read more

Theology can help guide speculation about aliens, professor says

Jun 8, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Fundamental theological principles provide the framework for any doctrinal questions over the discovery of extraterrestrial beings, a theologian claimed in... Read more

Br. Guy Consolmagno at the Vatican Observatory in Italy on Nov. 22, 2013.

Is the rare ‘Christmas Star’ visible this December the Star of Bethlehem?

Dec 10, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

The “Great Conjunction” of Jupiter and Saturn taking place this month -- dubbed the “Christmas Star” -- is a pretty... Read more

A satellite in space. Public domain

Vatican asks UN to eliminate the risks of satellite collisions in outer space

Oct 19, 2020

By Courtney Mares

With more and more satellites orbiting the Earth, measures need to be taken to prevent collisions in outer space that... Read more

Research astronomer Fr. Christopher Corbally. Courtesy of Fr. Corbally

Catholic priest ‘thoroughly surprised’ to have asteroid named after him

Jun 26, 2020

Somewhere between Mars and Jupiter there is a hunk of rock that now bears the name of a living English... Read more

Br. Guy Joseph Consolmagno, SJ, at UNISPACE+50, in Vienna, Austria, June 21-22. Courtesy of the Holy See Mission Vienna

Give space peace a chance, Holy See says

Jun 22, 2018

After U.S. President Donald Trump called Monday for a new military branch referred to as the “space force,” the Holy... Read more

Falcon Heavy. Public Domain.

Rocket launch prompts talk of living on Mars – what’s a Catholic to think?

Feb 14, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

A major rocket launch by entrepreneur Elon Musk’s aerospace company, SpaceX, on Feb. 6 has been hailed as a major... Read more

Pope Francis connecting live audio-video with the crew of Mission 53 onboard the International Space Station on Oct. 26, 2017.

Pope talks meaning of life in call with Space Station astronauts

Oct 26, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis conversed with astronauts orbiting earth on the International Space Station on Thursday, discussing questions as diverse as man’s... Read more

International Space Station over the planet earth. Elements of this image furnished by NASA.

Pope Francis to call astronauts aboard the Space Station

Oct 10, 2017

From the start of his pontificate, Pope Francis has gained a reputation for his phone calls to people around the... Read more

Earth in space, Elements furnished by NASA.

What the Holy See told the UN about outer space

Oct 20, 2015

When the United Nations met on Monday to discuss the peaceful uses of outer space, the Holy See chimed in... Read more

Carina Nebula, NGC 3324.

Holy See to UN: Share the riches of outer space

Oct 22, 2014

The exploration of outer space can deepen our faith in God and our understanding of the world, and its benefits... Read more