CITY (AP) — The Vatican has put a Chinese Catholic scholar who lived
nearly five centuries ago on track for beatification, a move intended to
raise the profile of the church in a country that keeps a tight grip on
all religious expression.
Xu Guangqi, who lived from 1562 to 1633, was a scientist, astronomer
and mathematician and collaborator of Italian Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci, himself a candidate for beatification.
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