‘Ricci Remembered – The Church in China Today’ is the title of a conference taking place on Saturday 8 May in Dublin, to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Matteo Ricci in Beijing, in 1610. Ricci was a Jesuit scientist and missionary to China and a pioneer for the Church reaching out to other cultures. The conference will have speakers exploring his life and times, his contribtution to China, the place of the Church in China, and the role of Jesuits there today. A celebration of Chinese culture with food, music, song and a demonstration of Chinese writing will follow the morning’s talks. On Sunday 9 May, a special celebratory bi-lingual Mass will take place in Gardiner Street at 3pm, with Irish Provincial John Dardis presiding.