» 05/15/2010, 00.00
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".
Shanghai (AsiaNews / Ucan) – On May, the Institute of Dialogue Xu-Ricci opened in Fudan University in Shanghai, to commemorate the Italian missionary of the Society of Jesus on the 400th anniversary of his death. The institute, which responds to the local Faculty of Philosophy, launched the structure with an seminar to celebrate the contribution of Fr Ricci to dialogue between East and West.
The new centre is named after the Macerata born priest and his closest Chinese friend, Paul Xu Guangqi, the first Catholic in Shanghai. According to French Jesuit Benoit Vermander, co-director of the institute, it is the first Chinese academic centre to combine these two names. The purpose of the structure is to promote academic research, the teaching of religious studies and comparisons between Chinese and Western cultures and philosophies.
The first seminar on May 11 was attended by 70 teachers from China and abroad, working in the field of economics, philosophy and religious studies. In the debate, participants discussed inter-religious dialogue and the challenges facing the Chinese and global communities. Immediately afterwards, the digital edition of the "Grand Ricci", a French-Chinese Dictionary, was also presented to the public at Shanghai Museum.
The dictionary, which is considered the most extensive text to compare Chinese and a foreign language, is published by the Ricci Institute of Taipei. Fr Ricci arrived in China in 1583 and spent 27 years in the country, dying in Beijing on May 11, 1610. Known as Li Madou in China, he is considered the founder of modern Christianity in China as well as the instigator of cultural exchange between East and West. For its part, Shanghai was the largest centre of missionary activities in modern China, especially after the city was forced to open its doors to foreign powers in the first half of the nineteenth century.
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.
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.
09/03/2004 CHINA - VATICAN
A film about Matteo Ricci, bridge-builder between China and the West
21/06/2016 15:11:00 CHINA
Inculturating theology, key to religious freedom in China
The Chinese Catholic Church has suffered decades of enforced immobility under Communist rule. As it started up again in the 1980s, the paucity of pastors and administrators became apparent. Now scholars and theologians are needed to inculturate the faith to local conditions and engage Chinese society in dialogue despite some fears vis-à-vis the spread of Christianity. Here is an article by Tripod, a publication of the Diocese of Hong Kong.
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.
EGYPT – LEBANON
Muslims and Christians meet in Cairo for Jerusalem, 'the cause of causes'
A conference was held on 16-17 January at al-Azhar. Many prominent figures from Lebanon took part, including the Maronite Patriarch Bechara Al-Rahi. The Arab world is divided between "complicit passivity" and "noisy but ineffective speeches". For a former Lebanese premier, coordinated actions are needed to ensure greater efficacy on behalf of Jerusalem’s "pluralistic identity " and "religious freedom". Card Al-Rahi called for joint prayers, Islamic-Christian interfaith solidarity in the Arab world, and support for the Palestinians.
15/01/2018 LEBANON - SYRIA
AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!
AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.