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Guy Consolmagno, S.J., is the director of the Vatican Observatory.
Engraving from 1894 showing Galileo Galilei at the Inquisition in 1633 (iStock)
Arts & CultureIdeas
Guy ConsolmagnoChristopher M. Graney
The Galileo story is presented as a narrative of the church denying science. But that implies that science is a single, monolithic worldview. Part history, part science fiction, the Galileo story is less a legend than a myth.
Jesuit Father George V. Coyne, pictured in a Jan. 4, 2010, photo, was director of the Vatican Observatory for 28 years until his retirement in 2006. He died at age 87 in Syracuse, N.Y., Feb. 11, 2020. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)
FaithDispatches
Guy Consolmagno
I could list all his scientific work, his writings on faith and science, his honors and degrees. But none of those are George.
This image released Wednesday, April 10, 2019, by Event Horizon Telescope shows a black hole. Scientists revealed the first image ever made of a black hole after assembling data gathered by a network of radio telescopes around the world. (Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration/Maunakea Observatories via AP)
Politics & SocietyNews Analysis
Guy Consolmagno
Thanks to the image released by the Event Horizon Telescope consortium, for the first time we have direct proof that a black hole is more than a theoretical construct.
Guy Consolmagno
During the French Revolution, a bishop was brought to the guillotine for execution. But when the blade flew down, it stopped an inch short of cutting off his head. “It’s a miracle,” cried the crowd, and the bishop was released. Next, a philosopher was brought forward; but again, th