Monday, January 22, 2007

China and the Vatican

Matteo Ricci . Painted in 1610 by the Chinese brother Emmanuel Pereira (born Yu Wen-hui), who had learned his art from the Italian Jesuit, Giovanni Nicolao. The age is incorrect: Ricci died during his fifty-eighth year. [...] The portrait was taken to Rome in 1616 and displayed at the Jesuit house together with paintings of Ignatius of Loyola and Francis Xavier. It still hangs there.

The recent stories in the press about the recent meetings in the Vatican about Catholicism in China has only highlighted my ignorance about what has being going on in China. A trawl on the Internet has helped to reduce this. I set out some of the links of sites which I looked at if anyone wants to look at the subject.

For the recent stories, see:

International Herald Tribune

Vatican begins talks over China relations

Vatican pursuing diplomatic ties with Beijing, as pope prepares message for Chinese flock

China welcomes Vatican attempts to mend ties

Hong Kong Cardinal Joseph Zen hopes to retire to focus on Sino-Vatican affairs

For background I have been searching the Internet and found the following links which might be of use to others:

Time Magazine
Behind China's Big Chill,8599,1531723,00.html

Battle of the Bishops,9171,1191827,00.html

Catholic Encyclopedia
The Church in China


Christianity in China

Roman Catholicism in China

Nestorianism in China

Medieval Roman Catholic Missions in China

Jesuit China missions

Chinese Rites controversy

Chinese Catholic Bishops Conference

Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association

Three-Self Patriotic Movement

Chinese house church

List of Roman Catholic missionaries in China

The Cardinal Kung Foundation


Religious Freedom in China

Guidelines on China from the Vatican

Prisoners of Religious Conscience for the Underground Roman Catholic Church in China

China's Grave Memories
In the Middle Kingdom, history is all mixed up because of so many periodic revisions, yet a serene cemetery in the center of the city proves that Beijing cannot bury its past
By Ron Gluckman/Beijing