- Oct 27, 2020
The Colorado Senate March 11 approved a measure to do away with the state’s observance of Columbus Day, a federal holiday, and instead create a day to honor St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, the patron of immigrants.
The University of Notre Dame is delaying its plan to cover up 19th century murals depicting Christopher Columbus in America that have long been criticized for their stereotypical images of Native Americans and blacks submissively posing before white European explorers.
The University of Notre Dame will cover murals in a campus building that depict Christopher Columbus in America, the school’s president said, following criticism that the images depict Native Americans in stereotypical submissive poses before white European explorers.
With the help of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a 15th-century copy of a letter Christopher Columbus sent to his royal patrons describing the riches of the New World has been returned to its rightful owner — the Vatican.
The deadly events of Charlottesville this past August has prompted a national debate over monuments and statues in the United States. While many Americans view Columbus Day as a celebration of Italian-American heritage, with particular significance to U.S. Catholics, there is also a growing push to remove both the holiday bearing his name and statues of Columbus throughout the country.
Overall, a new poll found that Americans support Columbus and the observance of Columbus Day by nearly a 2-to-1 margin. Despite controversy about the historical implications of Columbus’s journey in 1492, the holiday continues to be supported by a majority of Americans.