Brother Guy Consolmagno, Pope's Astronomer, Says He Would Baptize An Alien

December 4, 2014 2:11 PM

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NEW YORK (RNS) With Christmas just around the corner, Brother Guy Consolmagno gets a lot of questions this time of year about the Star of Bethlehem that led the Magi to Jesus in the manger.

Consolmagno is an astronomer — a planetary scientist for the Vatican observatory, in fact — who specializes in asteroids and meteorites, the very sort that may well have been the famous “star” described in the Gospel of Matthew.

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