Copernicus Reburied as Church Hero After 5 Centuries of Contempt

Copernicus Reburied as Church Hero After 5 Centuries of Contempt

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copernicus-painting-by-matejko.jpgNicolaus Copernicus, the 16th-century astronomer whose findings were condemned by the Roman Catholic Church as heretical, was reburied by Polish priests as a hero on Saturday, nearly 500 years after he was laid to rest in an unmarked grave.

His burial in a tomb in the cathedral where he once served as a church canon and doctor indicates how far the church has come in making peace with the scientist whose revolutionary theory that the Earth revolves around the Sun helped usher in the modern scientific age.

(READ the AP story at National Public Radio)

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