Vatican official visits Ky. school ahead of solar eclipse

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HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (AP / WKYT) - A Catholic school in western Kentucky received a special visit from a Vatican official who is in town to view the solar eclipse.

The Kentucky New Era reports Vatican Observatory Director Guy Consolmagno visited the school at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Hopkinsville on Friday. Consolmagno is in town to view Monday's solar eclipse and to give a presentation at the church on Sunday night

"Science is an act of worship. It's as much as if we were making paintings," Brother Guy Consolmagno said.

He discussed not only his travels and how science shaped his religion, but also about why he chose to come to Hopkinsville for this great event.

"It's important that the Vatican supports churches and church people who support science. It's really important that Catholics understand that the church endorses science and support sciences," Brother Consolmagno said.

The tiny western Kentucky town is the point of greatest eclipse and is expected to draw thousands of people to watch the event on Monday.

That includes Consolmagno, who conducts astronomical studies for the Vatican and says he has never witnessed a total solar eclipse.

Church member Oscar Nicanor told the newspaper never thought he would ever meet anyone from the Vatican.

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