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(1/13/2019)

John of Montecorvino (孟德高维诺) wrote a letter from Beijing in Jan. 1305 that described the progress of Roman Catholic missions among the Mongols and others in Yuan China. John had come to China following the 1266 invitation given to the Pope in a letter delivered by Nicolo Polo. The great Mongol ruler, Kublai Kahn (忽必烈帝), invited the Pope to send at least 100 Christian scholars to his capital. John was the first to arrive—nearly 40 years later after Kublai died. John lived in Beijing for 30 years; he built the first Catholic Church in China in 1299 and reported 6,000 converts. Missions work by Catholics and Nestorians ended with the fall of the Yuan in 1368. Pray for the Loving Heavenly Father whose name is hallowed to be glorified by believers persevering in Beijing—the PRC’s capital city, which ranks second in urban population in China with over 21 million people. Matthew 6:9 "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name."