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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The Dominicans stationed there offered a warm welcome to the traveling missionaries and told the fathers about their own mission to Madagascar, where they hoped portugue se seas 35 to contest the domination of Islam with conversions to Christianity. The men stayed for some three weeks. Respite from the hardship of sea travel quickly restored the health of Martin da Silva, the procurator and the superior of the missionaries, who preached an eloquent sermon of thanksgiving at the Church of Our Lady of Beluarte of Mozambique.
To that we turn to Roma Sancta, published in 1581, which reflected Gregory Martin’s experiences during his eighteenmonth sojourn in Rome between the end of 1576 and July 1578. His enthusiastic encomium for the fathers of the Company echoed the fond memories of Ricci, years after the latter had left his alma mater: Behold in one house (Roman College), there is a whole university of learning and lessons . . The Audience is so full, of Romans and Italians, of Germans and Englishmen . . of others out of all the cities both young and old, of every faculty and profession.
But perhaps the greatest difference was made by the sea, Lisbon being a port where merchandise and people flowed in from the whole world, among the latter Muslim war captives, African slaves, and a sprinkle of elite converts. 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.