Benedict Sestini

Jesuit astronomer. Born in 1816 in Florence, Italy; died in 1890 at Frederick, Maryland. Assistant at the Roman observatory and professor at the Roman College until forced in 1848 to leave Rome. In America he was professor at Georgetown and Woodstock. His principal work is his Catalogue of Star Colors. He founded the Messenger of the Sacred Heart and the Apostleship of Prayer in the United States.

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