It happened on MARCH 25


Christopher Clavius was born in Bamberg (Germany). A German astronomer, mathematician, and Jesuit priest, he worked on the reform of the calendar instigated by Pope Gregory XIII. He devoted himself to the Ratio studiorum of the Roman College, whose rich scientific disciplines contributed to the prestige of the mathematical school.


Pope John Paul II issued, motu proprio, the Apostolic Letter Inde a Pontificatus, in which he united the Pontifical Council for Dialogue with Non-Believers (founded in 1965 by Pope Paul VI) with the Pontifical Council for Culture (created in 1982). His goal was to create a single entity, which would be called the Pontifical Council for Culture, that would develop solutions and pastoral strategies to promote evangelization in the world of culture and the intellectual life.


350th Anniversary of Nicolas Stensen (1638-1686)
Two Major Works

Nicolas Stensen’ Discourse on The Anatomy of the Brain, by Ivan Colagè

Nicolas Stensen’s Prodromus to a Dissertation concerning Solids Naturally Contained within Solids, by Ivan Colagè

Monuments and Iconography on Niels Stensen

Niels Stensen: A 17th Century Scientist with a Modern View of Brain Organization, by André Parent

The scientific revolution and Nicholas Steno’s twofold conversion, by Gian Battista Vai

Niels Stensen (1638-1686): Scientist, Neuroanatomist, and Saint, by P. Perrini, G. Lanzino, G.F. Parenti


Interdisciplinary Encyclopedia of Religion and Science

The Encyclopedia, published by the Centro di Documentazione Interdisciplinare di Scienza e Fede operating at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, provides new, scholarly articles in the rapidly growing international field of Religion and Science (ISSN: 2037-2329).

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Anthology and Documents

In order to make some relevant documents better known in the scientific community, the section provides key materials for study and reflection concerning the dialogue among science, philosophy, and theology.

Special Issues

We offer here a selection of Comments and Documents on special issues on Religion and Science, collected for anniversaries and/or for the relevance of the topics.