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At Vatican Observatory, astronomers reveal thousands of newly discovered galaxies

Oct 20, 2023

By Daniel Payne

The findings at the October conference “pave the road for a better understanding of the structure of the Milky Way... 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

Brother Robert Macke, a Jesuit and astronomer at the Vatican Observatory, works in his office at the Vatican Observatory.

Meet the Vatican scientist helping NASA on a historic space mission

Sep 28, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

Brother Robert Macke, a Jesuit astronomer at the Vatican Observatory, is one of the world’s foremost experts in the study... Read more

Filmmaker Robert Orlando, standing before a negative image of the Shroud of Turin, says he was prompted to investigate the purported burial cloth of Jesus in part because of a search to answer "big questions" about life and faith following the death of his father.

Shroud of Turin gets ‘true crime’ treatment in science-driven documentary

Jul 29, 2023

By Shannon Mullen

“The Shroud: Face to Face” is set for release in November 2023. Read more

Galaxy M74.

Pope Francis to young astronomers: Keep love and wonder alive

Jun 20, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

In the vastness of space, keep love and wonder alive, Pope Francis told astronomers of the Vatican Observatory Summer School. Read more

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address on June 18, 2023/Portrait of Blaise Pascal.

Pope Francis publishes apostolic letter on Blaise Pascal

Jun 19, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis published an apostolic letter on Monday praising the 17th-century mathematician Blaise Pascal as “a tireless seeker of truth.” Read more

The Pillars of Creation, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Harvard scientist: The wonders of the universe point to a Creator

Jan 21, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Karin Öberg, professor of astronomy and director of undergraduate studies at Harvard University, spoke recently at the Wonder Conference in... Read more


Catholic astronomers: Newly discovered planet a testament to Earth’s ‘startling uniqueness’

Jan 19, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

Catholic scientists from the Vatican Observatory and Benedictine College hailed the discovery of the planet as a testament “to the... Read more

NASA’s Webb captures a dying star’s Final ‘Performance’ in fine detail: A planetary nebula, shaped like an irregular oval, with lacy, reddish orange plumes of gas and dust.

Vatican astronomer: Webb telescope space images are ‘food for the human spirit’

Jul 14, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The first images from the James Webb space telescope reveal God’s creation and feed our souls, a Jesuit brother and... Read more

Joseph-Nicolas Robert-Fleury's Galileo before the Holy Office (1847)

Vatican Observatory astronomer awarded for Galileo article

Jun 4, 2022

By Leonardo Colon

Chris Graney, an astronomer and historian of science at the Vatican Observatory, was recently given the 2021 Nelson H. Minnich... Read more


Can robots learn law? Scientists and theologians discuss the future of AI

May 23, 2022

By Andreas Thonhauser

Scientists and theologians have gathered in Rome to discuss the future of artificial intelligence. Read more

Photomicrograph of a human zygote with two pronuclei, 20x magnification.

Experts respond to Biden: Biology and theology agree, human life begins at conception

Mar 4, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

After repeated, recent statements by U.S. President Joe Biden that he does not believe human life begins at the moment... Read more

Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J., pictured on March 3, 2012.

Vatican astronomer: ‘Trust the science’ does not convince those who most need to be convinced

Jan 14, 2022

By CNA Staff

Brother Guy Consolmagno said the phrase left him ‘puzzled.’ 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

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

How Fr. Spitzer wants to make Catholicism credible for doubting Millennials

Jul 26, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

How can Catholics respond to young people’s questions and concerns about faith, science, and modern problems?  Read more

NASA Unveils Celestial Fireworks as Official Image for Hubble 25th Anniversary.

Catholic scientists converge in Chicago to ask big questions

Apr 19, 2017

The first conference of the Society of Catholic Scientists will focus on beginnings: the origin of consciousness, the origin of... Read more

A Reason Open to God by Bendict XVI, collected and edited by J. Steven Brown, Ph.D., P.E..

Editor says Benedict outlined link between God, reason

Apr 24, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

In his speeches and writings on universities, Benedict XVI constantly focused on the need for reason to be open to... Read more

Fr. Jesús Fernández Hernández, Card Zenon Grocholewski, Fr. Angel Galindo Garcia_Fifth World Congress of Metaphysics 2012.

Priest calls study of non-physical realm the 'supreme' science

Nov 14, 2012

A priest who headed the fifth annual World Congress of Metaphysics in Rome said the study of that which lies... Read more

(L to R) Prof. William Carroll from Oxford University and Prof. Ian Tattersall from the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Scientists: no contradiction between evolutionary biology and belief in God

Aug 24, 2012

Evolutionary biology and faith in God are not incompatible, two professors asserted at the international Rimini Meeting, an event that... Read more