The Jesuits.org site had a great profile on Fr. George Coyne, S.J., former Director of the Vatican Observatory. You can read the full article here, but set forth below is an excerpt:
“As a man of faith, Jesuit Father George Coyne joined the Jesuits in 1951, studied theology and became a priest. As a man of science, he earned a doctorate in astronomy and became an expert on close binary star systems and Seyfert galaxies. Then for almost three decades, he found the perfect meeting of faith and science at the Vatican Observatory.
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“We [Fr. Coyne and Pope John Paull II] spent 28 years together. From the very first year of his papacy, John Paul II showed a very keen interest in advancing the scientific work of the Vatican Observatory and especially in promoting the dialogue between science and religious faith,” Fr. Coyne said.”
You can also listen to an interview with Fr. Coyne and Brother Guy Consolmagno by Krista Tippett’s OnBeing radio program titled “Asteroids, Stars and the Love of God“.
Thank you for this. I look forward to spending time with the article and the interview 🙂
Thank you Claire. I really enjoyed the On Point interview with Krista Tippett. If you have time, I would recommend the unedited version which is approximately 90 minutes. Ms. Tippett is a fantastic interviewer and Fr. Coyne and Brother Consolmagno are very funny and insightful. The unedited version gives greater insights into their personalities.
Hope you have a wonderful week!