Jesuit China Missions

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AFTER THE communist triumph on the mainland in 1949, a group of exiled Jesuit priests in Shanghai boarded a south-bound train. In their baggage was more than 40 years' study of the Chinese language.

Thursday, 18 May, 2006, 12:00am

An etch to catch

AMID THE GLITZ and glamour of this year's Le French May - the largest French arts festival in Asia - are two extraordinary, scholarly exhibitions, one of which has never been seen outside France.

30 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Treasures of city's Jesuit legacy are put on display

If Matteo Ricci returned to Shanghai today he would be a happy man.

For the first time since 1949, the city government has put on display some of the treasures of the Jesuit legacy to Shanghai, including books dating back to the 16th century and graphics of Ricci's most famous convert, a senior official in the Ming government who is buried in a mausoleum nearby.

27 Jul 2003 - 12:00am

Missionary's tomb revered once more

By a strange quirk of history, the tomb of Matteo Ricci is to be found in the former Beijing Communist Party School behind a huge red wall, on which Deng Xiaoping's calligraphy urges students of Marxism to 'seek truth from facts'.

5 Oct 2001 - 12:00am