An international conference on the Church in China today, will be held in Gonzaga College, Saturday 8 May, 09.30-1pm. The conference will mark the 400th anniversary of Matteo Ricci SJ.

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The Church in China 400th Anniversary of Matteo Ricci

RTE presenter Sean ORourke 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 Matteo Ricci SJ, one of the most remarkable figures of Catholic missionary history. It will open with a lecture on the importance of Riccis contribution to the Church in China, by Oxford scholar Antoni Uclerer SJ. Then Willi Muller SVD will analyse the Church in China today, and John Lee Hua SJ will outline the role of the Jesuits there, who have followed in the footsteps of The Wise Man from the West. After lunch, there will be a workshop on Chinese character writing and a showing of a short film on the life of Ricci. All welcome. On Sunday, the Provincial will celebrate a commemorative mass in Gardiner St Church at 12.30.

Matteo Ricci SJ, the first Jesuit to be invited to the court of the Chinese Emperor, found a kindred spirit in Kung-fu-tzu, the great Chinese guru who, when asked what is central to humaneness, answered

Love people.

Ricci Latinised the name of Kung-fu-tzu into Confucius when he introduced his philosophy to Europe. The name stuck.

Pat Coyle, one of the main organisers of the Conference, talks here to Jo Smith about the Church in China Today and the life of Matteo Ricci. The Conference is open to all and promises a lively afternoon of Chinese Irish food, culture and craic.