Vatican Observatory

Portrait of Fr Stephen Perry SJ
The Jesuits and wider Catholic Church have a long history with astronomy. In October 1582, Pope Gregory XIII introduced the new Gregorian calendar to replace the Julian system which, by that time, had drifted by ten days. The new calendar also altered the lunar cycle used by the Church to calculate the date for Easter, restoring it to the time of the year as originally celebrated by the early Church. The Gregorian calendar was developed by the astronomer Aloysius Lilius and modified by the...
Questions of faith and science: Manchester 25 - 27 November 2016
A leading Jesuit scientist will be the main speaker at an event in Manchester that will challenge us to consider life beyond our own world. Fr Chris Corbally SJ of the Vatican Observatory will be asking: Would you baptise an extraterrestrial? and other questions from the frontiers of Faith and Science when he takes part in Living Theology at the Catholic Chaplaincy of Manchester's Universities later this month.Fr Corbally is a member of the British Province of the Society of Jesus who...
Guy Consolmagno SJ speaking at Heythrop College in 2014
Coinciding with a symposium running from 14-18 September to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Speculo Vaticana, or the Vatican Oberservatory, Jesuit brother Guy Consolmagno has been made the new director in charge of this prestigious scientific organisation.With headquarters at the Pope's summer residence Castel Gandolfo, the observatory is one of the oldest astronomical research institutions in the world with a unique mission, in the service of the Holy See, to explore the universe while...
Jesuit astronomer, Brother Guy Consolmagno SJ, has been awarded the prestigious Carl Sagan Medal for “outstanding communication by an active planetary scientist". The award was made by the American Astronomical Society’s (AAS) Division for Planetary Sciences, which described him as “the voice of the juxtaposition of planetary science and astronomy with Christian belief, a rational spokesperson who can convey exceptionally well how religion and science can co-exist for...