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Chunghwa Post Company to Issue Memorial Envelopes Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of the Passing of Father Matteo Ricci, S.J. (1552-1610)

Chunghwa Post Company to Issue Memorial Envelopes Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of the Passing of Father Matteo Ricci, S.J. (1552-1610)
Following the recommendation and coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan), Chunghwa Post Company will officially issue an envelope on May, 2010 commemorating the 400th anniversary of the passing of Father Matteo Ricci, S.J. (1552-1610) in order to highlight his important contributions to the exchanges between Eastern and Western civilizations.
The commemorative envelope will feature a copy of the portrait of Father Ricci provided by the Curia Societatis lesu in Rome and a picture of the book The True Meaning of God authored by Father Matteo Ricci, a collection of the Vatican library. Paying tribute to what Father Matteo Ricci represents, the long-lasting cooperation between the two hemispheres and its historical significance thereof, the government of Taiwan will issue this commemorative envelope.
Father Matteo Ricci traveled to Guangzhou, Mailand China, via Macao to evangelize in 1583 and later to Beijing in 1601, during Emperor Wanli’s reign in the Ming Dynasty. Father Matteo Ricci forged solid friendships with officials and intellectuals of the Chinese court and studied in depth the Chinese classics, which he later introduced to the Western world. Meanwhile, Father Matteo Ricci introduced Western knowledge of astronomy, mathematics, science and geography into China. This knowledge was subsequently disseminated to Korea and Japan, thus launching a new era in East-West cultural exchanges.
To acknowledge Father Ricci’s important position in history, on April 3, 1983, the Bureau of Postal Services under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications issued commemorative stamps and First Day Covers for the 400th anniversary of Father Ricci’s arrival to China. This collection has been highly acclaimed by stamp collectors worldwide.


Fonte:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of China (TAIWAN)

10 maggio 2010