Matteo Ricci's Legacy

Matteo Ricci’s legacy: A loving patience
Yves Camus SJ  

400 years ago today, Jesuit priest Matteo Ricci died in Beijing. One of the pioneers of the Jesuit mission to China, he remains a greatly respected figure for the Church and for the Chinese people. As Thinking Faith marks his anniversary this month, Yves Camus SJ introduces us to the man who has been called ‘the most outstanding cultural mediator between China and the West of all time’. 

Conference marks Ricci anniversary

Over 100 people attended an international conference on 8 May to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Matteo Ricci (1552-1610), a remarkable Jesuit missionary who did much to build a bridge between the cultures of the West and the East.


Chinese-Irish mass in Gardiner Street

The Matteo Ricci commemorative mass in St Francis Xavier Church, Gardiner St, on Sunday 9 May was a moving occasion for the hundreds who attended. Chinese Jesuit John Lee SJ read the Gospel in his native tongue, and a Chinese choir provided the music.

International Conference on Church in China

RTE  presenter Sean O’Rourke will chair an international conference on the Church in China today, in Gonzaga College, Saturday 8 May, 09.30-1pm. The conference will mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Matteo Ricci SJ, one of the most remarkable figures of Catholic missionary history.

New Irish Provincial Appointed

Fr Tom Layden has been appointed as Provincial of the Irish Province of the Society of Jesus. He will take up office on July 31st, the feast of St Ignatius, founder of the Jesuits. He is 52 years old and has worked for the past 12 years in Belfast.


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