Padre Matteo Ricci
 

Chinese rites, including new historical information, is the theme of day two of the conference on the relevance of Matteo Ricci's teaching today

 
The table of speakers
The table of speakers

Tomorrow on the last day of the conference, both scholars and entrepreneurs will take part in a round table discussion on the future prospects of exchange with China


Thursday 25th November, 2010

 

The morning session, chaired by Francesco D'Arelli of IsIAO, included some interesting papers such as that of Professor Adolfo Tamburello from the Orientale University of Naples who reconstructed the dispute by the Jesuits of Japan over the way Ricci had translated the word God into Chinese in his Catechism. The controversy began in 1605 during Ricci's life against the controversial backdrop of introducing the liturgy in the Chinese language. Father Ricci certainly must have known about the beginning of future scenarios that would involve him but he makes no mention of them, at least according to the sources and documents available to date.
 
The conference in progress
The conference in progress

Professor Fabio Galeffi and Professor Gabriele Tarsetti from the Centro Studi "Teodorico Pedrini" spoke about the importance of the epistles of Teodorico Pedrini with regard to the sources dealing with Chinese rites. Pedrini (Fermo 1671 - Peking 1746) the court musician to three emperors, was a member of the Lazarist order and representative of Propaganda Fide in Peking. The two scholars illustrated the role played by Pedrini in the controversy over Chinese rites, touching also on Pedrini's personal relations with his opponent, Giovanni Laureati.


 
Professor Adolfo Tamburello of the Orientale University of Naples
Professor Adolfo Tamburello of the Orientale University of Naples

Professor Alfredo Maulo spoke of the life and work of the Jesuit Giovanni Laureati (Montecosaro 1666 - Macao 1727) starting from unpublished documents about him. Speakers in the afternoon session included Fausto Fraisopo of the University of Freiburg, Paolo Petruzzi from the Marche Theological Institute of Fermo and Francesco D'Arelli and Raul Zamponi who opened the part dedicated to the textual reconstruction and linguistic forms of Ricci's work.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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