Jesuit, founder of the Catholic Chinese missions.
Born on 6 October 1552 in Macerata, Italy; died on 11 May 1610 in Beijing, China.
In 1578 with Father de Ruggieri, he began missionary labors at Chao-k'ing, Canton; he first won the interest of the natives by exhibiting scientific instruments, then gradually introduced religious instruction.
He labored very successfully in Shao-chow, and was called to Beijing by the emperor in 1601.
His treatise on the , written in Chinese, became the manual of the missionaries.
The policy he adopted in allowing the Chinese to retain various rites provoked a bitter controversy after his death.
On 9 April 1984 his cause for canonization was introduced.
If you have information relevant his cause, contact Curia Diocesana di Macerata, Piazza Strambi, 3, 62019 Macerata, Italy.
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