NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will mark Columbus Day by way of dedicating a statue of the Italian-American saint referred to as Mother Cabrini in decrease Ny.
The disclosing of the statue on Monday comes a 12 months after Cuomo introduced that the state would fee a monument to the Roman Catholic nun who was once canonized in 1946. That call got here after a fee led by way of New York Town Mayor Invoice de Blasio’s spouse, Chirlane McCray, unnoticed Mother Cabrini from an inventory of girls who would be commemorated with statues, angering some Catholics.
“This 12 months we unveil a powerful monument to our Italian American legacy and that monument will stand all the time,” Cuomo instructed the Columbus Electorate Basis in a video cope with Saturday.
In a convention name with journalists Sunday, Cuomo stated he would attend the disclosing at a place by way of the Hudson River with a view of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini was once born in 1850 in what’s now the Lombardy area of Italy. She immigrated to america in 1889 and went on to discovered faculties, hospitals and orphanages. She died in 1917.
Cuomo has resisted calls to take away the statue of Columbus close to Central Park over the explorer’s remedy of Indigenous other folks. He stated Saturday that Italian American citizens will now have “two nice statues in New York Town — the Christopher Columbus statue and the Mother Cabrini statue.” Cuomo referred to as Mother Cabrini “the personification of the Italian American legacy.”