By R. Po-chia Hsia
Jesuitten Ricci grundlagde den katolske venture i Kina og var således en pioner for kristendommens udbredelse i Kina. Samtidig forklarede han Europa om den kinesiske kultur. Ricci tilbragte 28 år i Kina og er ifølge bogen selv i dag en af de bedst kendte vesterlændinge i Kina
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In 1570, a Portuguese ship for Brazil was intercepted by French Huguenot pirates. Having overpowered the ship, the French boarded and looted the cargo. They discovered among the passengers Ignacio de Azevedo, superior of the Jesuit Brazil mission, and his new missionary recruits. The French spared the Portuguese crew but threw the forty Jesuits overboard, who became celebrated martyrs of the Society. French corsairs lurked near Portuguese waters. A few days out of harbor, using excellent winds to full effect, the ships took their own course, and soon the three naus lost sight of one another.
In the late sixteenth century, one-tenth of Lisboetas were non-Europeans: the majority black Africans, both freedmen and slaves,1 a sizeable contingent of mostly Arab and Berber Muslim war captives, and a sprinkle of Tupi Indians from Brazil. For more than a century, African slaves tilled the soil in the farms near Lisbon; they practiced handicraft in the city, and were domestically employed by all sectors of Portuguese high society, including most institutions of the Church. After a short stay in the capital, Ricci went on to Coimbra, site of the first and most prestigious university in Portugal.
14 After this, the companions continued their walk into Goa and joined the others for a warm reception at the Jesuit College of St Paul in their honor. Four years back, General Borgia had sent a true piece of the Cross from Rome to Goa. Ruy Vicente, the Provincial of the Jesuit Province of India, officiated at Vespers and led a procession to the square before the Jesuit Church, where the travelers joined their local brethren in reciting prayers before a newly erected stone cross. The next day, Vicente said high mass to a full church, attended by the viceroy and all Portuguese dignitaries.