A Pastoral Perspective
The 400th anniversary of the founding of the Catholic Church in Shanghai was celebrated just over a decade ago, in 2008. That date coincided with the baptism of Xu Guangqi, a member of the Hanlin Academy. He was received into the Church by Father Lazzaro Cattaneo, one of the Jesuits who accompanied Father Matteo Ricci to China. Bishop Jin Luxian, who in his 91 years had personally witnessed as well as shaped nearly a quarter of that 400 year history, used the occasion not only to celebrate Shanghai’s Catholic past, but also to mark out the path of its future.