China

Fr Fernando Azpiroz SJ, Director of Casa Ricci Social Services in China, is asking for the prayers of Jesuit Missions supporters on his recent return from Hunan. Hunan is a neighbour province of Hubei, which is at the heart of the coronavirus epidemic.Dear Jesuit Missions friends,First of all, thank you for your prayers and concern.I have just returned from Hunan where I guided an 8-day workshop to 14 sisters and some of the patients who are serving/have served persons living with HIV/AIDS. Now...
Fr Fernando Azpiroz is the Director of Casa Ricci Social Services (CRSS) in China, supported by Jesuit Missions. CRSS serves over 5,000 people in China, standing in solidarity with both adults and children who are affected by leprosy or who are living with HIV/AIDS.The accompaniment of people has always been a fundamental characteristic of all Jesuit ministries no matter where they are. Accompanying is a process of mutual transformation: we transform other people’s lives, and in return our...
Maastricht students at the Great Wall of China
Two intrepid students from the University of Maastricht have been inspired by the explorations of Jesuit missionaries through China and Tibet to begin their own adventure. British Samantha Jenkins & Italian Angelica Giombini are documenting their trip with a blog, comparing their experiences with the travel logs of 17th century Jesuits in China.The expedition does not only serve its purpose as an interactive travel log, but also aims to provide comparative insight into the nature in which...
The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has become the latest area of the world to be reached by Sacred Space, the interactive website for guided prayer developed by the Jesuits in Britain and Ireland. From this month, it is accessible in the version of Chinese characters introduced by Mao Zedong in script commonly used across the country, facilitated by UCAN, the Union of Catholic Asia News.Sacred Space is much loved around the world,” said Father Michael Kelly SJ, Executive Director...
In art, St Francis Xavier is often depicted holding a crucifix aloft to represent the zeal he felt for bringing Christ’s Gospel to those who had not heard it. Like St Ignatius Loyola, he originally had worldly ambitions, but on meeting Ignatius in Paris at the age of 19, he realised the power of the Spiritual Exercises and studied instead for the priesthood. He became one of Ignatius’ first Companions and took vows of poverty and chastity with Ignatius at Montmartre in 1534. He was ordained...
The Year of the Horse, which began on Sunday, is being celebrated in China with an exhibition of paintings by Giuseppe Castiglione, a Jesuit brother and painter who worked at the court of Emperor Qianlong for 51 years, and a film about his life. Br Castiglione, who was born in Milan in 1688 and died in Beijing in 1766, painted pictures of emperors, concubines and especially horses. His work is treasured in the museums of the Imperial Palace in Taipei and Beijing. To mark the Year of the...