It happened on FEBRUARY 18


Galileo Galilei became the first person in history to observe the sky through a telescope. The event occurred in Piazza San Marco in Venice, which piqued the Doge’s interest regarding the possible military application of the telescope.


Count Alessandro Volta was born. He was a physicist and experimental chemist who elaborated the concept of voltage and electric potential and developed the electrophorus and the battery. He also examined the thermology and physics of gaseous states. A man of deep faith, he prayed each day and attended daily mass, although some historians detect a Jansenist tendency in him. During the years in which he taught at the grammar school in Como, he was a catechist in the parish of Saint Donnino where to this day a memorial plaque attests that “teaching the catechism here made way for the miracle of the battery.”

George Coyne has left us: a personal remembering

George Coyne, a Jesuit astronomer former Director of the Vatican Observatory from 1978 to 2006, left us on February 11. He died in Syracuse, New York, as a consequence of a cancer contracted years earlier. [Read more]

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).

Anthology and Documents

To emphasize and spread relevant documents within the scientific community, this section provides key materials concerning the dialogue among science, philosophy and theology.


Special Issues

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

Theories of Evolution: the Roots of Recent Developments