- 50 pages
- University level
The Louvain Lectures, a short book published by the Vatican Observatory in 1984, was written by Ugo Baldini and Fr. George V. Coyne, S. J. (then Director of the Vatican Observatory). It was part of a series of works called the Studi Galileiani, created in response to Pope St. John Paul II’s expressed desire “that theologians, scholars and historians, animated by a spirit of sincere collaboration, will study the Galileo case more deeply”. The book focuses on astronomy-related lectures given by St. Robert Bellarmine in 1570, when Bellarmine was not yet 30 years of age. It also includes Bellarmine’s handwritten version of his 1616 declaration to Galileo.