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Matteo Ricci

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One of the districts of the great metropolis of Shanghai, bustling with life and dense with skyscrapers, is called Xujiahui (or, in other script, Zikawei). At the crossroads of the main streets are perfectly manicured bulletin boards with a plan of the district and an explanation of its name (“Property of the Xu family at… Read the full article

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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… Read the full article

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The Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Panamazon region has just ended. Here we offer some immediate reflections on the value of this synodal assembly – the fourth of the pontificate of Francis, after the two synods on the family and the synod on young people. Already, we can discern some fundamental… Read the full article

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From May 31 to June 2, 2019, Francis made an apostolic journey to Romania. At the end of the first day, when he returned to the nunciature, the pope was welcomed by 22 Jesuits working in the country. He stayed with them for about an hour, answering some questions in a relaxed and family atmosphere…. Read the full article

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The signing of a provisional agreement between the People’s Republic of China and the Holy See was announced by the Press Office of the Holy See on September 22, 2018. It is helpful to understand this agreement as a true harmony of notes. That is to say, the beginning of a composition that has yet… Read the full article

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Christianity first came to China over one thousand years ago but it did not last long. Alopen, a Syrian monk, introduced Nestorian Christianity in the Tang Dynasty and founded several monasteries and churches. Nestorian Christianity reemerged in the Mongol era in the early 14th century. Nestorian Christianity declined in China substantially in the mid-14th century…. Read the full article