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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.
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".
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.
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.
Shanghai Catholics should walk on the footsteps of Matteo Ricci, Msgr Jin Luxian says
To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Jesuit missionary’s death, Catholics should be inspired by his way of life: faith in God; love for Chinese culture; respect for teachers and friends. Education cannot just be a market-oriented business; faithful should work and study hard, instead of spending time on TV or computer. “Arrogance and prejudice” of Church leaders and Chinese authorities have slowed evangelization in China.
09/03/2004 CHINA - VATICAN
A film about Matteo Ricci, bridge-builder between China and the West
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