Stunning images taken by the James Webb Space Telescope of galaxies shortly after the Big Bang show God’s “extraordinary power” as well as his “love for beauty.” This is what the Vatican Observatory said today.
“We are very excited about the new images from the Webb telescope! These images are beautiful. (…) It’s an exhilarating glimpse of what we can learn about the universe in the future,” observatory director Guy Consolmagno said in a statement.
He added, “The science behind this telescope is our attempt to use the intelligence that God has given us to understand the logic of the universe. Because the universe wouldn’t work if it didn’t make sense.” As the director emphasized, “It is not only logical, it is beautiful.” “It is God’s revealed work for us, and in it we can see both his supernatural power and his love for beauty.”
Guy Consolmagno says he is thrilled to discover the first sign of water vapor in the atmosphere of an exoplanet, 150 years after Father Angelo Secchi placed the prism in front of his telescope lens on the roof of St. Ignatius’ Church. Rome, and made the first spectroscopic measurements of the atmospheres of the planets of our solar system. “
The divine origin of the universe remains the constant doctrine of the Catholic Church, but its scientific doctrine has clearly developed over the past century. In 1992, Pope John Paul II permanently rehabilitated Galileo Galilei. The judges of the Roman Inquisition convicted the scientist in 1633 for supporting the thesis of the Polish scientist Nicola Copernicus (1473-1543), according to which the Earth and the Sun revolve.
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