Priests find comfort that in studying the universe, they come closer to God

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January 27, 2016

Jesuit Father Chris Corbally, an astronomer with the Vatican Observatory, looks over the rotating furnace at the Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab during a tour by participants in the observatory's Faith and Astronomy Workshop Jan. 13 in Tucson, Arizona. The lab at the University of Arizona manufactures mirrors for some of the world's most advanced telescopes. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec) See ASTRONOMY-PRIESTS and ASTRONOMY-CREATION Jan. 27, 2016.

Jesuit Father Chris Corbally, an astronomer with the Vatican Observatory, looks over the rotating furnace at the Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab during a tour by participants in the observatory’s Faith and Astronomy Workshop Jan. 13 in Tucson, Arizona. The lab at the University of Arizona manufactures mirrors for some of the world’s most advanced telescopes. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

TUCSON, Ariz. (CNS) — For a long time, Father Timothy Martinez felt alone.

Not so much in his priesthood and his responsibilities as pastor of Risen Savior Parish in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but because of his passion for astronomy and his concern about the media-driven divide between religion and science.

He wondered how the two be could be shown to be complementary and share with his parishioners ways they can appreciate creation by knowing a little more about the universe.

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