Galileo's trial to reopen

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he Roman Catholic Church appears ready to admit officially that the earth is not the center of the universe. After a 347-year ‘hiatus,’ the church will reopen the heresy trial of the astronomer Galileo, who was persecuted for mathematically proving that the earth moves around the sun. The decision to reopen the trial was made by Pope John Paul II.

Although Copernicus first postulated that the earth was not the center of the universe, it was Galileo who provided the mathematical proof. Galileo avoided the Inquisition's death sentence by renouncing his conclusions.

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