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Pope with a 'scope - Vatican Credited with Oldest Observatory in the world...Look - Vatican has

The Vatican Observatory is one of the oldest astronomical institutes in the world and the only research group directly supported by the Holy See. Ten Jesuit astronomers split their time between Italy and Tucson, Arizona, where the Vatican Observatory Group has offices at the University of Arizona's Steward Observatory. Many people are surprised to learn that the Vaitcan funds astronomical research. After all, it was the Roman Catholic Church that condemned Galileo Galilei.