It happened on SEPTEMBER 27

1540
Pope Paul III approved the Society of Jesus, founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola. Traditionally geared toward the intellectual classes, the Jesuit order has had a great number of members who were scientists. These men were key figures in the foundation and development of scientific research until at least the 19th century. In our day, the Society of Jesus is entrusted with the Vatican Observatory, an astronomical research institute and observatory supported by the Holy See, with branches in Tucson (Arizona) and Castelgandolfo (outside of Rome).


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

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.