25 Interesting Vatican City Facts

December 22, 2014
Comments (4)
  1. Jonathan says:

    “The Vatican has an astronomical department staffed with Jesuits and runs one of the world’s largest telescopes called LUCIFER ”

    This is actually wrong.

    More information here:

    1. Admin says:

      Thank you for pointing it out. We have corrected the fact.

  2. Kibu says:

    16. Galileo was placed under house arrest by The Holy Office until his death in 1642 for defending his views about the Earth not being the center of the universe. The Vatican formally acknowledged they were wrong and Galileo was right in 1992.

    Untrue. Galileo was placed under house arrest after he broke an agreement with the Catholic Church not to teach in regards to his theory that the earth was not the center of the universe.



    At Galileo’s request, Cardinal Robert Bellarmine, a Jesuit—one of the most important Catholic theologians of the day—issued a certificate that, although it forbade Galileo to hold or defend the heliocentric theory, did not prevent him from conjecturing it. When Galileo met with the new pope, Urban VIII, in 1623, he received permission from his longtime friend to write a work on heliocentrism, but the new pontiff cautioned him not to advocate the new position, only to present arguments for and against it. When Galileo wrote the Dialogue on the Two World Systems, he used an argument the pope had offered, and placed it in the mouth of his character Simplicio. Galileo, perhaps inadvertently, made fun of the pope, a result that could only have disastrous consequences. Urban felt mocked and could not believe how his friend could disgrace him publicly. Galileo had mocked the very person he needed as a benefactor. He also alienated his long-time supporters, the Jesuits, with attacks on one of their astronomers. The result was the infamous trial, which is still heralded as the final separation of science and religion.

  3. Dr. RJ Nicholas says:

    You do not mention your sources and some of your information is completely false. You state “3. The Vatican purchased enough carbon offsets for the entire Papal city in 2007. To this day, the promised planting of a “Vatican forest” has not happened. – Source” – The Vatican Did purchase a forest in Hungary for this purpose. Now if you actually had educated “sources” they would have known this

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