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2005-06-29 06:45:00

CASTELGANDOLFO, Italy -- Everyone knows the Vatican is interested in Heaven but it may come as a surprise to some that it is also interested in the heavens. In this sleepy lakeside village away from the noise and haste of Rome, the Vatican is helping to train tomorrow's astronomers -- regardless of their religious beliefs. For the past 20 years, the Vatican Observatory, one of the world's oldest astronomical institutes, has selected young, promising scholars for courses at the papal...


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