A world-renowned atmospheric scientist known as Pope Francis’ climatologist, Fr. Eduardo Scarel, O.Carm., visited MCA students on February 11, 2019. The Carmelite priest from Argentina spoke about climate change and faith.
Fr. Scarel gained acclaim when he served as an advisor to Pope Francis as the Pope produced his 2015 Encyclical Laudato Si: On Care For Our Common Home. Laudato Si', “praise be to you,” is taken from text of Canticle of the Sun, St. Francis of Assisi’s 13th century praise poem. In the Encyclical, Pope Francis calls for global action to address climate change and care for the earth as an issue of faith.
In Argentina, Fr. Scarel is Chair Professor and Researcher, School of Astronomy and Geophysics, State University of La Plata, and Associate Researcher, National Scientific and Technique Research Council. He is conducting research at the School of Physics, Salamanca State University, Spain, where he transferred to join the Formation Team, International Study House of the Carmelite Order.
Fr. Eduardo earned a M.Sc. degree in Atmospheric Sciences, Ph.D. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from Buenos Aires State University and Theology degree from Buenos Aires Salesian Theology Institute. In his postdoctoral fellowship, from National Scientific and Technique Research Council, he researched troposphere and stratosphere climate variability at Argentine Pontifical Catholic University.