Exactly one hundred years after his arrival in Beijing, the figure of Cardinal Celso Costantini, the first Apostolic Delegate in China, is being rediscovered and his topicality is reinforced also in the Chinese academic world. On the morning of today, Friday, December 23, a Seminar dedicated to the theme of Sino-Vatican relations during the Republic of China, centered precisely on the figure of Constantine, was organized at the History Department of the East China Normal University, (ECNU), founded in 1951 in Shanghai. The seminar, followed through the Voov Meeting platform and organized by the multimedia center of the university department, culminated in an academic interview between Dr. Xie Sijie, professor of the department of history of Sun Yat-sen University, and Dr. Liu Guopeng, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences’ Institute for World Religion Studies, China’s largest institute devoted to the study of religions. Dr. Liu Guopeng is also deputy director of the Center for Christian Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and author of a recent volume devoted to the theme of the seminar and centered on the figure of Celso Costantini.
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