VATICAN CITY (Zenit.org) — Benedict XVI appointed Jesuit Father José Gabriel Funes as the new director of the Vatican Astronomical Observatory, replacing Jesuit Father George Coyne.
Father Coyne, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, had been director of the observatory since 1978.
The Vatican press office announced the new director on Saturday.
Father Funes, 43, is a native of Cordoba, Argentina. He earned a degree in astronomy from the University of Cordoba.
He studied theology in Rome at the Gregorian University, and earned a doctorate in astronomy from the University of Padua in 2000. Father Funes has done considerable research on disk galaxies.
Well this is going to mess up the media’s annual rediscovery and shock of the Vatican observatory and put it out of cycle. Starting earlier in the month the media once again started running articles on this subject.
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