God and Physics in Focus at a Papal Summer School

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, AUG. 26, 2001 (Zenit.org).- During the first days of August, Castel Gandolfo became John Paul II´s «Summer University.»

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John Paul II convoked, for the 11th time, a group of physicists and philosophers for sessions of study and debate. This year´s topic was «Models of God.»

As archbishop of Krakow, Karol Wojtyla convened similar groups of intellectuals and university professors about four or five times a year.

According to physicist Jerzy Janik, a personal friend of the Pope´s, and the coordinator of these meetings, the group addressed «a topic that might seem a bit heretical at first sight, when wondering whether or not there is a physical model that might represent the divine reality.»

John Paul II attended all the sessions, which focused on the close relation between modern theories of quantum physics and the idea of God.

This year´s meeting was also attended by astronomer Michail Heller and philosopher Tadeusz Styczen, Karol Wojtyla´s successor as professor of ethics at Lublin University.

The Pope participated actively in the discussions, which often continued during meals or walks in the gardens of Castel Gandolfo. He «has great spiritual and mental energy,» Janik said.

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