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Roman Catholic orders in 17th-century China
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The Society of Jesus was founded in 1534 and given formal recognition in 1540. The Jesuit mission to Asia was intimately linked to the spread of the Portuguese who, in 1493, had gained from the pope exclusive rights to the East Indies and to the civil and religious administration over the lands they had there or were to discover. Portuguese traders visited China as earl…

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Morris, James Harry, “Roman Catholic orders in 17th-century China”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 20 October 2019 <>

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