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From Matteo ricci
to pope francis: jesuits and christian dialogue in china

Co-hosted with the Ricci Institute, Boston College


Wednesday, May 4, 2022  
5:30–6:30pm EdT

2101 Commonwealth Avenue 

McMullen Museum Conference Center
Boston College 


With a visit to the Ricci Institute at 4:30 p.m. 

at 2125 Commonwealth Avenue 


The Society of Jesus (also known as the Jesuits) has played an important role throughout the long history of religious, intellectual, and cultural exchange between China and the West.  Matteo Ricci, one of the most famous missionaries to China, has been called both the “father of the China mission” and the “founder of Sino-Western relations.”  Meanwhile, no-one in our present time has appeared more often in media reports in connection with the situation of China’s Christian population than Pope Francis, who signed the Vatican’s first official agreement with China’s government since it became a communist state in 1949.  Though centuries apart, both Ricci and Francis are Jesuits who represent an astonishing continuity in how the Society of Jesus has pursued its religious and diplomatic mission to China.  Dr. Clark will examine how Jesuits have maintained a Christian dialogue with China from 1582 until the present.  As representatives of this uniquely Jesuit approach, Matteo Ricci and Pope Francis frame that exchange.


registration is required. reception to follow.

Anthony E. Clark is the Edward B. Lindaman Endowed Chair at Whitworth University, the Distinguished Combe Trust Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Edinburgh, and an elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in London. He is the author and editor of eleven books on the history of China and Sino-Christian exchange of which his latest is: A Chinese Jesuit Catechism: Giulio Aleni’s Seventeenth-Century Four Character Classic. He has published hundreds of scholarly book chapters and journal articles, and he has organized and hosted a number of academic gatherings on diverse topics.  Clark is presently preparing a book on Jesuit drama in China and a co-authored study of Catholic missionary photography during the late Qing and Republican eras.

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Register for:

“From Matteo Ricci to Pope Francis: Jesuits and Christian Dialogue in China”

This event is free and open to the public, but requires registration.
The event can be attended in-person or on-line. 

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