Vatican in space
“If the Big Bang was the start of everything, what came before it?”
That is one of the questions being posed by a new website being set up by the Vatican and Italy’s scientific community.
After centuries of mistrust between religion and science, the intention is to give the public a greater understanding of both sides.
The website, which will be available in Italian and English, has information on everything from astronomy to theology, from space missions to philosophy and art.
… The venture is being run jointly by the Vatican and the Italian Space Agency, ASI.
Monsignor Gianfranco Basti, the dean of the Pontifical Lateran University’s philosophy department, will be the Vatican’s point man on the scheme.
He says: “From the Church’s point of view, this is about getting religious people to see that scientists are not the enemy and getting scientists to see that religious people are not the enemy.
“The aim is for both sides to come together for the good of humanity.”
This BBC article does go on to point out that the Italian Space Agency and the Vatican might be “uneasy bedfellows”.
Full article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-12244279