It is customary for UNESCO (United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization) to propose every two years people who, each in their own way and in their own time, worked in the fields of peace, education, science, social sciences and communication and who are thus relevant examples for our times.
The international organization has selected St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the favorite saint of the French people, for the period 2022-2023. The selection commemorates de 150th anniversary of Thérèse Martin’s birthday in 1873.
In addition to Thérèse, the other three selected are Nicholas Copernicus (1473-1543), priest and astronomer who first proposed that the earth revolves around the sun, a true revolution in scientific thought.
Johann Gregor Mendel, an Augustinian priest and great scientist who is considered the father of modern genetics. 2022 marks the 200th anniversary of his birth.
Nerses Shnorhali, Armenian bishop, poet, musician and theologian, who has been lauded by Pope Francis for his “singular love for his people and traditions and for his work toward the unity of Christians.” The 850th anniversary of his birth will be celebrated in 2023.
Let us be proud of our Catholic heritage and of the contributions of Catholic scientists and thinkers, both religious and laity to the advancement of the sciences and the humanities.
As reported by ALETEIA. April 19, 2021.