Stolen Christopher Columbus letter returned to the Vatican

The American Ambassador to the Holy See, Callista Gingrich will return the original letter written by Christopher Columbus upon arriving in America, to be put back into the Vatican Library, after it was stolen.

Gingrich, together with several officials from the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Internal Investigations are expected to present this historic letter to the Vatican’s archivist, Archbishop Jean-Louis Brugues and Prefect of the Library, Bishop Cesara Pasin.

Columbus’ letter, was written in 1493 and was addressed to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain. The wording of the letter was translated into Latin and several copies were distributed throughout Europe.

The Vatican Library had received one of these letters in 1921 and was kept as part of the De Rossi Collection, made from rare books and manuscripts.