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JESUITICA

ricci_04b.jpgIn the course of their 450 years, the Jesuits have done or experienced some curious or memorable things. Here AMDG Express is drawing from its stock of memories, and will welcome contributions from our readers.

Matteo Ricci SJ, the first Jesuit to be invited to the court of the Chinese Emperor, found a kindred spirit in K’ung-fu-tzu, the great Chinese guru who, when asked what is central to humaneness, answered “Love people”. Ricci Latinised the name of K’ung-fu-tzu into Confucius when he introduced his philosophy to Europe. The name stuck.