The (Catholic) Science Guy
Whoever says you have to choose between science and faith has not met Guy Consolmagno, S.J.—a Jesuit brother and director of the Vatican Observatory. We ask what projects the pope’s astronomers are working on now, if he believes in aliens and why people in every time and place look to the stars with big questions.
And in Signs of the Times, Pope Francis denounces a chemical attack in Syria that killed dozens of innocent civilians. How should the United States respond? And U.S. and Mexican bishops push back on President Trump’s plan to send the National Guard to secure the border as a group of Central American migrants travels north seeking sanctuary.
Next, the pope has released a new apostolic exhortation on holiness. Zac, Olga and I discuss our favorite parts of the document. Plus, updates on Catholics in France, Sweden and Brazil—where one church decided to incorporate a drone into the liturgy.
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Links from the show:
Pope Francis denounces chemical weapons attack in Syria
Top Five Takeaways from ‘Gaudete et Exsultate’
Bishops on both sides of Mexico border criticize troop deployment
France's Macron sparks uproar by reaching out to Catholic Church
Sweden's Lutherans to let Catholic parish hold Masses in Lund cathedral
Video: Jesus Saves, but Drone Delivers This Catholic Church from Boredom
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