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The philosopher Max Scheler was born in Munich (Germany). After meeting Edmund Husserl, with whom he shared the phenomenological outlook, he developed phenomenology in a personalist vein. Among his works, Man’s Place in Nature (1928) tackles numerous interdisciplinary themes. Karol Wojtyla centered his habilitation thesis for the Chair of Ethics at the Catholic University of Lublin on Scheler’s work. Wojtyla’s thesis was published in 1958 as An Evaluation of the Possibility of Constructing a Christian Ethics on the Basis of the System of Max Scheler.


Frédéric Ozanam (1813-1853) is proclaimed blessed by John Paul II in the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.
He was an academic. After his graduation in Law and Arts, he became professor at the Sorbonne at the age of twenty-seven years old. He was a scholar in “La Crusca” Academy in Florence and did most of his literary research in Italy. He devoted himself to spread knowledge disclosing its harmony with the Christian faith, promoting conferences on religion and culture, convinced that the intellectual charity, united with the charity for the poor, would have contributed to the renewal of the society. He was founder of an organisation later known as the "Society of Saint Vincent de Paul" whose charitable activities  spread quickly in France and in other countries. He was proclaimed Blessed by Pope John Paul II in August 22th 1997 in the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris. Ozanam was an example of lay holiness and of an intellectual engaged in the study of the reasons of faith.

On the way to the Moon: memories and documents 50 years later

The Descent of Man on the Moon: Some Historical Images

D. F. Noble, The Ascent of the Saints: Space Exploration (1997)

Von Braun said: "Human space travel is God's will", from an interview by Oriana Fallaci (1965)

Paul VI, General Audience, 23 July 1969

Paul VI, Message delivered to the Astronauts of Apollo 11, July 1969

Jacques Arnould, Astronautics, from INTERS Encyclopedia

Giuseppe Reibaldi, Next Stop in Space: the Moon (2019)

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