By Dave Luecking | firstname.lastname@example.org | twitter: @legacyCatholic
Recent headlines about the TRAPPIST-1 solar system and its seven Earth-sized planets have created quite a buzz among astrophysicists, astronomy lovers and the general population.
Surrounding a dwarf star, the system is relatively close at 40 light years from earth, and three of the planets are in the so-called habitable zone, which means a TRAPPIST-1 planet "easily could have developed a life form," Jesuit Father Robert J. Spitzer said Feb. 27 at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.
ROME -- A 75-year-old Dutch Jesuit who refused to leave war-torn Syria, instead staying in Homs to help the poor and homeless, was beaten by armed men and killed with two bullets to the head, according to an email sent by the Jesuits' Middle East province to the Jesuit headquarters in Rome.
Jesuit Father Frans Van der Lugt, who had worked in Syria since 1966, declined suggestions to leave because he wanted to help Syria's suffering civilians -- "Christians and Muslims -- anyone in need," said Father Giuseppe Bellucci, head of the Jesuits' press office.
Jesuit Father Peter Ryan, director of spiritual formation and professor of moral theology at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, has been appointed executive director of the Secretariat For Doctrine and Canonical Affairs for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Father Ryan, a member of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, joined the Kenrick-Glennon staff in 2012. Prior to that, he had served for 10 years at Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., and for seven years at Loyola College in Maryland.