Jesuits in China

Michael Shen Fuzong by Sir Godfrey Kneller © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Nick Austin SJ and Frank Turner SJ were guests at a recent dinner at St Hugh’s College in Oxford, marking the opening of an exhibition about the life of Michael Shen Fu-Tsung, described as “the first Chinese visitor to Oxford”.Shen, a highly educated convert to Catholicism, was brought to Europe by a Walloon Jesuit, Philippe Couplet, a noted scholar of Confucian philosophy and Procurator of the China Jesuit Missions, in 1682, as part of a campaign to gain support for the Jesuit missions in...
Two exceptionally rare manuscript maps made by the Italian Jesuit missionary to China Matteo Ricci (1552-1610) for the Chinese imperial court, went under the hammer at Christie’s in London yesterday.The maps show the fusion of western and eastern cartography, iconography and mythology.In 1582 Ricci  established the first permanent Jesuit mission in China in Macao, travelling to Shaoking in Kwantung province the following year. He reached Beijing in 1598. Ricci made eight world maps between...