Astronomers confirm existence of at least seven Earth-sized planets just 40 light years away: "Depending on different factors, all of the planets could potentially harbor conditions for the possible existence of life on them," U.S. Jesuit Father David Brown said.
NCR Today: The effort to illuminate the darkness between faith and science is a critical mission for the church today.
Pope Francis named U.S. Jesuit Br. Guy Consolmagno to be the new director of the Vatican Observatory.
With Christmas just around the corner, Br. Guy Consolmagno gets a lot of questions this time of year about the star of Bethlehem that led the Magi to Jesus in the manger.
Consolmagno is an astronomer -- a planetary scientist for the Vatican observatory, in fact -- who specializes in asteroids and meteorites, the very sort that may well have been the famous “star” described in the Gospel of Matthew.
On this week's "Interfaith Voices," I interviewed two Jesuits (one brother, one priest) who work at the Vatican's Observatory: Br. Guy Consolmagno (who has won the Carl Sagan Medal for outstanding communication by a planetary scientist with the general public) and Fr. Paul Mueller, a physicist.
NCR Today: I agree that there are some complications in the relationship between science and faith, but generalizing Catholicism as science-phobic just doesn't sit well with me.
Unless you live in outer space, you’ve probably heard the jokes about Pope Francis’ “alien homily” on May 12.