Padre Matteo Ricci
 

Father Matteo Ricci the first European and ambassador to China. Ricci is a master of diplomacy and intercultural dialogue.

 
from left: Adriano Ciaffi, Davide Sassoli, Romano Carancini, Mario Mauro, Marco Scurria, Antonio Tajani
from left: Adriano Ciaffi, Davide Sassoli, Romano Carancini, Mario Mauro, Marco Scurria, Antonio Tajani

Ricci has much to teach us about how to get to know and relate to China. We should reflect on his friendly approach and respect for other peoples


Mercoledì, 19 gennaio 2010


Father Matteo Ricci the first European and ambassador to China. Success for the exhibition in Strasbourg which pays homage to the Jesuit from Macerata and paves the way for a forthcoming event at the European Commission which will add further insights into Ricci's experience as a master of diplomacy and intercultural dialogue.

 

 Mario Scurria pointed out that "Even today Ricci has much to teach us about how to get to know and relate to China.  We should reflect on his friendly approach and respect for other peoples". For  Mayor Carancini "the Strasbourg exhibition is an important milestone and the beginning of a series of relations with Europe in which Macerata and the Marche Region want to be the lead players in Ricci's name".

 

     Festivities yesterday in Strasbourg for the exhibition, "Meeting of Civilizations. Father Matteo Ricci, European ambassador in the China of the Ming dynasty" organized by Macerata Town Council in collaboration with the Committee for the Celebrations of the IV Centenary of the Death of Father Ricci, the Regional Council, Banca Marche, Fondazione Carima and the Macerata Ricci Institute. 

 


 
The mayor Romano Carancini
The mayor Romano Carancini

Numerous MEPs from different groups attended the inauguration of the exhibition in the south gallery of the EU building in Strasbourg. This demonstrates the importance of Ricci and his universal message and shows his appeal across a wide political and ideological spectrum. Present at the ceremony were: the Vice Presidents of the European Parliament Roberta Angelilli and Gianni Pittella, Vice President of the Commission Antonio Tajani, Davide Sassoli of the S & D and Mario Mauro of the EPP, a delegation from Macerata headed by the Mayor Romano Carancini, the President of the IV Centenary Celebrations Adriano Ciaffi and Alderman Alfrio Canesin.

    Mario Scurria underlined that "Ricci's example, based on mutual respect and a friendly approach towards people of different cultures, is a lesson on which we should reflect at a time when European attention is focused on religious freedom and attacks on Christian communities". (Today this will be discussed in Parliament).

 
The exibition
The exibition
"Ricci teaches how to get to know and relate to China", emphasized Antonio Tajani, Vice President of the Commission. The key to Ricci's success was to tackle the comparison with China on a very high level, an approach which is still valid today in our relations with this country which offers a great opportunity for Europe". For this reason, the European Commission has announced that it intends to organize a big exhibition in Brussels. This will be held together with a moment of reflection, study and discussion on Ricci, proposed by Davide Sassoli.

     For Mayor Carancini bringing the exhibition to Strasbourg at the opening of the plenary session of the Parliament is an important milestone. "The Town Council is working with other local institutions on a great cultural scheme to spread knowledge of this extraordinary person. There are many projects which will come to fruition in the years to come. The Strasbourg exhibition is the beginning of a series of relations with Europe in which Macerata and the Marche Region want to be the lead players in the name of Ricci".

   Adriano Ciaffi, Head of the Centenary Celebrations Committee, also feels a sense of satisfaction. The Strasbourg exhibition ends a year of great events which have confirmed Ricci's worldwide importance and relevance to the present day.

 
The people visit the exibition
The people visit the exibition

Curator of the exhibition, Filippo Mignini of the Macerata Ricci Institute, recalled the 15 years' work behind the 10 exhibitions dedicated to Matteo Ricci. He then went on to illustrate the six sections of the exhibition which present the history of Ricci's life and the first decisive meeting between the two civilizations in the years from 1582 to 1610 when Ricci died in Peking. Also on show are sixteenth century scientific instruments, a working replica of the weight driven clock that Ricci gave the Emperor, recently exhibited at the Italian Pavilion of the Shanghai Expo, the Universal Map of the World, drawn in Peking in1602 as well as the edition of Ricci's Chinese works included in Collezione di autori cristiani published by Ricci's collaborator and friend Li Zhizao (Peking 1629).(ap)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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