Punch,  51 (1866), 53.

Columbus for the Calendar



News-Commentary, Drollery


Exploration, Discovery, Miracle, Religious Authority, Religion

    Discusses a Morning Post report that the proposal of a 'French prelate' to have Christopher Columbus canonised may be blocked by the Congregation of Rites because the explorer does not meet the requirement of 'having performed three well authenticated miracles'. Considers Columbus's discovery of a 'new world' to be 'probably as great a miracle' as any performed by a saint, and the explorer's conversion of the new world to Christianity as well authenticated as any miracle. Having listed two 'miracles' performed by Columbus, the writer ironically claims that his third was 'making the egg stand upright'.

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