This week in Christian history: Notable black preacher dies, Lourdes vision, Galileo arrives for trial

Galileo arrives in Rome for heresy trial – February 13, 1633

A 1636 portrait of Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) by Justus Sustermans. | (Photo: Public Domain)

This week marks the anniversary of when Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome for his trial before the Inquisition due to his claim that the Earth revolved around the Sun.

“Galileo officially faced the Roman Inquisition in April of that same year and agreed to plead guilty in exchange for a lighter sentence,” explained

“Put under house arrest indefinitely by Pope Urban VIII, Galileo spent the rest of his days at his villa in Arcetri, near Florence, before dying on January 8, 1642.”

Centuries later in 1983, Pope John Paul II addressed a group of scientists in which he officially apologized for the mistreatment of Galileo.

In 1992, the Catholic Church held a ceremony in Rome before the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in which they officially declared that Galileo was correct.

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