Dialogo è accettare l'altro come è e come egli stesso si definisce e si presenta a noi, di non cessare di essere se stessi mentre ci si confronta con il diverso, di essere consapevoli che la nostra identità esce arricchita e non sminuita da chi di questa identità non accetta alcuni elementi, magari anche quelli che noi riteniamo fondamentali. La riconciliazione è possibile, tra i cristiani e nella compagnia degli uomini. (Enzo Bianchi, priore della Comunità di Bose)

Young Catholics learn about Ricci’s work

More than 400 Catholics, mostly young people, experienced an “encounter with Matteo Ricci,” a Jesuit activity to mark the 400th death anniversary of the pioneering Italian Jesuit missioner to China.

The May 18 gathering at the Tien Educational Center, a Catholic institute for youth activities, included a Mass and forum.
The event aimed at giving participants a better understanding of Father Ricci’s work and the charism of the Jesuit order.

The program began with a Mass celebrated by Father Louis Gendron, who heads the order’s Chinese province, at the nearby Sacred Heart of Jesus Church.

Afterward, a discussion between American Jesuit Father Jerry Martinson and a local TV anchor on the missionary life of Father Ricci was screened.

Li Madou, as Father Ricci was known in Chinese, was lauded for his promotion of exchanges between the East and West.

Father Ricci also placed priority on “befriending” others in his evangelization work, noted Father Jacques Duraud during the forum that followed.

Father Duraud, who heads the Tien Educational Center, gave as example Father Ricci baptizing a Chinese friend after 12 years of friendship.

Karl Ku Min, director general of the National Central Library, also introduced to participants the Matteo Ricci and Pacific Studies Reading Room, the result of collaboration between the Society of Jesus and the library.

Under the agreement, the Taipei Ricci Institute will have its books, mostly in linguistics, philosophy and the social sciences, placed on permanent loan at the library.

These include books on the Jesuits, Father Ricci, Sinology and East-West cultural exchanges, said institute director June Lee.

She added that the Jesuits plan to establish a Center for Pacific Studies at the National Taiwan University to further promote Father Ricci’s spirit of cultural exchange.



20 maggio 2010