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Matteo Ricci

1552 - 1610

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Matteo Ricci (Italian pronunciation: [matˈtɛːo ˈrittʃi]; Latin: Matthaeus Riccius; 6 October 1552 – 11 May 1610) was an Italian Jesuit priest and one of the founding figures of the Jesuit China missions. He created the Kunyu Wanguo Quantu, a 1602 map of the world written in Chinese characters. On the 17 December 2022, the Apostolic See declared its recognition of Ricci's 'heroic virtues', thereby bestowing upon him the honorific of Venerable.Ricci arrived at the Portuguese settlement of Macau in 1582 where he began his missionary work in China. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Matteo Ricci has received more than 768,827 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Matteo Ricci is the 308th most popular religious figure (down from 294th in 2019), the 371st most popular biography from Italy (down from 352nd in 2019) and the 138th most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Matteo Ricci was a Jesuit missionary to China in the late 16th century. He is most famous for introducing Western science and mathematics to China, as well as Western religious thought.

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Among religious figures, Matteo Ricci ranks 308 out of 2,238Before him are Pope Agatho, Pope Anicetus, Pope Gregory VI, Pope Clement II, Pope Innocent IV, and Fethullah Gülen. After him are Pope Felix III, Pope Alexander IV, Abd Allah ibn al-Zubayr, Idris, Bahá'u'lláh, and Pope Marinus I.

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Among people born in 1552, Matteo Ricci ranks 5Before him are Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor, Boris Godunov, Pope Paul V, and Vasili IV of Russia. After him are Seonjo of Joseon, Lavinia Fontana, Hans von Aachen, Henri, Prince of Condé, Jost Bürgi, Edmund Spenser, and Petrus Plancius. Among people deceased in 1610, Matteo Ricci ranks 3Before him are Caravaggio and Henry IV of France. After him are Ludolph van Ceulen, François Ravaillac, Honda Tadakatsu, Adam Elsheimer, False Dmitry II, Catherine Vasa of Sweden, Frederick IV, Elector Palatine, Anna of Sweden, and Hasegawa Tōhaku.

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Among people born in Italy, Matteo Ricci ranks 371 out of 4,668Before him are Pope Gregory VI (1000), Primo Levi (1919), Pope Innocent IV (1195), Simone Martini (1284), Renzo Piano (1937), and Antonio da Correggio (1489). After him are Pope Felix III (440), Pietro Badoglio (1871), Pope Alexander IV (1200), Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655), Pope Marinus I (830), and Cato the Younger (-95).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Matteo Ricci ranks 138Before him are Pope Boniface I (370), Pope Gregory II (669), Vitus (290), Pope Agatho (574), Pope Gregory VI (1000), and Pope Innocent IV (1195). After him are Pope Felix III (440), Pope Alexander IV (1200), Pope Marinus I (830), Pope Pelagius II (520), Pope Anacletus (1), and Pope John I (470).