The Catholic Church has pondered the handiwork of God’s creation through the lens of a telescope for centuries. Pope Gregory XIII’s involvement to reform the Julian calendar in the 1500s prefigured the Vatican Observatory, one of the oldest astronomical institutions in the world. It was founded by Pope Leo XIII in 1891 with the goal to show the world that the Church supports good science.
PHILADELPHIA — Closing remarks by the Holy Father during the Festival of Families prompted a Valley seminarian to pause in deep gratitude. An emotional Frank Cicero, who is in his sixth year at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, wept as he spoke about his love for his mother.