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The Catholic Church and China: Where Religion and Geopolitics Meet

Evan Rees
Asia-Pacific Analyst, Stratfor
Mar 30, 2018 | 17:37 GMT
Chinese worshippers attend Christmas Eve Mass at a Catholic church in Beijing during 2015.

Chinese worshippers attend Christmas Eve Mass at a Catholic church in Beijing during 2015.

(WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)

In 1594, Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci excitedly hailed the coming of Catholicism to China after "having been blocked for thousands of years by high mountains and lofty hills, by the impassible Islamic barriers." He celebrated the clear compatibility of China and the Roman Catholic Church's long-separated traditions and the striking...

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