It happened on SEPTEMBER 27


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).


John David Barrow, mathematician, cosmologist, scientific divulger, dies in Cambridge (UK). Winner of the Templeton Prize in 2006, he distinguished himself for making science dialogue with art and with the other humanistic aspects of culture. His name is associated with the noteworthy work The Anthropic Cosmological Principle, published in 1986 with Frank Tipler.

400th Anniversary: Blaise Pascal's birth (1623 - 1662)


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). INTERS is a free online encyclopedia.

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.

Intelligence? Understanding? Wisdom? Loyola Hank Center, Nexus Journal, April 26, 2023
Why Theology Should Take Science Seriously Commonweal Magazine, March 27, 2023
New asteroids named for Jesuits and a Pope The Tablet, February 25, 2023