» 12/19/2006, 00.00
Chinese state TV acknowledges Catholic numbers rising
According to official figures, China has five million Catholics. Unofficial sources estimate the real figure to be much higher. Mass baptisms involving hundreds are common, especially among the young. Official state agencies are unable to control this renaissance.
Xu-Ricci Institute of Dialogue opens in Shanghai
Created to encourage dialogue between East and West, the structure - which combines the name of the Jesuit who died 400 years ago with that of his Chinese best friend - seeks to be a bridge between two worlds. Shanghai also launches the largest Sino-French dictionary, the "Grand Ricci".
Guangzhou’s Sacred Heart Cathedral to reopen tomorrow
After two years of renovation work, a solemn mass will inaugurate the building again. Local and provincial government officials will attend. Government money paid for most of the work. Known as the Stone House Church, it is mainland China’s only granite Gothic church.
26/03/2014 CHINA - VATICAN
Matteo Ricci and Xu Guangqi, two saints the Chinese Church deserves to venerate together
The cause for the beatification of the great Jesuit missionary is underway at the Vatican, but that of his friend is mired in problems involving the Diocese of Shanghai. Yet, beatifying the two together would be a strong gesture for the Chinese Church, Chinese society and the notion of missionary charism itself. Here is an analysis by a French Jesuit.
02/01/2015 CHINA - ITALY
Macerata and Shanghai exchange bronze busts of Matteo Ricci and Xu Guangqi
The bust of the Chinese official, a great scientist and close friend of Ricci, will be unveiled on 24 January. Ricci's bust has already been placed in Xu's garden-mausoleum, a short walk from Shanghai's St Ignatius Cathedral. Many in China and around the world would like to see Ricci and Xu beatified at the same time. However, in Shanghai the Church is facing problems.
09/02/2005 CHINA - ITALY
The exhibit 'Matteo Ricci: Europe at the Ming Court' opens at Rome's Vittoriano Museum Complex
After Rome, the exhibit travels to Berlin and Beijing.
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