It happened on OCTOBER 24


Pope John Paul II put forth his message on the occasion of the four-hundredth anniversary of Matteo Ricci’s arrival in Peking. A mathematician and astronomer, he was an extraordinary example of enculturating the Christian faith in China. The message states in part: “For four centuries, China has highly esteemed Li Madou, ‘the Sage of the West,’ the name by which Father Matteo Ricci was known and continues to be known today. Historically and culturally he was a pioneer, a precious connecting link between West and East, between the European Renaissance culture and the Chinese culture, and between the ancient and magnificent Chinese civilization and the world of Europe.”

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