Convention to Look Back at China Missions

ROME, MARCH 16, 2003 ( Missionaries will study historical moments in the evangelization of China at a forthcoming convention entitled «Catholic Church and Missions in China from 1840 to 1911.»

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The convention will be held March 27-29 at the Pontifical Urban University.

The convention has been organized by the Tian Xia Yi Jia (Under the Heavens We Are All One People) Association, which is an umbrella organization of congregations and organizations associated with China.

Among the participating groups are the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, Combonians, Canossians, the Community of Sant’Egidio and Catholic Action.

The convention aims to highlight Chinese history after 1840, when Europeans began entering China, until the fall of the empire and the creation of the Republic of China.

The work of religious congregations active in China during that period will also be presented.

Among those who will participate in a round-table discussion are Father Notker Wolf, abbot primate of the Benedictine Confederation; Father Antonio Pernia, superior general of the Society of the Divine Word; Father Gian Battista Zanchi, superior general of P.I.M.E.; and Sister Marie Remedios, superior general of the Canossian Sisters.

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