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Shanghai diocese puts Ricci in focus for year

Shanghai diocese launched its “Year of Matteo Ricci” on May 11, the 400th death anniversary of the pioneering Italian Jesuit missioner to China.

The special “year,” which ends on Dec. 11, aims to boost evangelization work among priests, nuns and laypeople, said Bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian of Shanghai at the ceremony.

The event was held in Sheshan Seminary on the outskirts of the city.

The Matteo Ricci year is “not only a commemoration, but also has practical significance” for Catholics on how they can continue the priest’s work of adapting the faith to Chinese culture, said the prelate.

Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Xing Wenzhi of Shanghai said Father Ricci followed Chinese customs, understood Chinese culture well and treasured his friendship with Chinese intellectuals.

He “deserves to be the model for our diocese in spreading the Gospel in these fast-changing times,” he said.

Massimo Roscigno, the Italian consul general in Shanghai who attended the event, said people should follow Father Ricci’s example of forging “friendship between China and Italy.”

He pointed out that if the priest had not had help from his best Chinese friend Paul Xu Guangqi, he could not have completed his writings in Chinese or translated Chinese classics into Latin.

Bishop Xing told UCA News that the diocese would ask all priests to promote Father Ricci’s spiritual values.

Activities during the seven-month program include a seminar, a hymn and prayer gathering, and a priestly ordination to close the special “year.”

The May 11 ceremony was held after the conclusion of the diocesan pilgrimage held at Shanghai’s Sheshan Marian Shrine the same day. About 1,000 Catholics gathered at the hilltop Minor Basilica of St. Mary to pray for strength to follow in the footsteps of Father Ricci.

After the Mass, they were given leaflets promoting the sainthood causes of Father Ricci and Xu.



12 maggio 2010