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Jesuit Father Andrew Whitman was awarded the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross, one of the highest honors awarded to clergy and religious for distinguished service to the Holy Father and the Catholic Church. He received the award in a ceremony at St. Charles College in Grand Coteau, La., on January 26.
Fr. Whitman was given the award, which was established by Pope Leo XIII in 1888, for his many years of service as mathematician and administrator of the Vatican Observatory Research Group. Jesuit Father José Funes, present administrator of the observatory research group, presented the award to Whitman, who is a member of the New Orleans Province.
Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, astronomer and curator of the Vatican Observatory’s meteorite collection, will be doing a live chat with the Arizona Daily Star newspaper this Wednesday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m. Eastern.
The live “cosmic chat” with Br. Consolmagno will give people from all over the world a chance to hear him “make sense of the universe” and ask him questions.
Four Jesuits in history have had asteroids named after them. Jesuit Father George Coyne, director emeritus of the Vatican Observatory and president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation and Brother Guy Consolmagno, curator of meteorites at the Vatican Observatory, are the two living astronomers with that distinction. They shared their observations of life, faith, friendship and the universe from their seats in the Vatican Observatory with Krista Trippet, host of the Speaking of Faith radio program on American Public Media during a recent show. Go here to download the interview or to listen to the interview directly.
One of the guests on “The Colbert Report” last night was Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J., Ph.D., a respected planetary scientist and expert on meteorites who works at the Vatican Observatory in Rome and Tucson.
Brother Consolmagno is the author of numerous books on the intersection of science and faith, including Brother Astronomer and God’s Mechanics.
Political humorist and comedian Stephen Colbert interviewed Brother Consolmagno on the satirical show and asked why the Vatican accepts the possibility of alien life.
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Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno was interviewed by Canadian magazine The Walrus about his work at the Vatican Observatory Research Group, the second research center of the Vatican Observatory based in Tucson, Ariz. Read an excerpt below:
Installed on the second floor of a small building on the summit of Arizona’s Mount Graham, Guy Consolmagno is multi-tasking. He’s checking email on his laptop and listening to the Penguin Cafe Orchestra on his iPod, all the while keeping an eye on a bank of computer monitors. One floor up, nestled in a silvery-white dome, a telescope is trained on a potato-shaped chunk of rock and ice known as Haumea, which orbits the sun some six billion kilometres from Earth. Thin clouds have been drifting overhead since sundown, but if they dissipate, the telescope’s digital camera will record changes in Haumea’s brightness as it tumbles through the outer reaches of the solar system, offering Consolmagno and fellow astronomers hints about the structure and evolution of our planetary family.
All this is typical fare for a scientist. What is perhaps surprising is that Consolmagno is also a Jesuit brother, that many of his colleagues are ordained priests, and that they’re scanning the heavens with the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope or, more affectionately, the “Pope scope.”
For more about Jesuit Brother Consolmagno’s worked with the Vatican Observatory, go here.