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Junipero Serra

9/12/2017

article Junipero Serra statue beheaded, splashed with red paint in Central California
(California) -- A bronze statue of the Roman Catholic priest Junipero Serra at the Old Santa Barbara Mission was decapitated and doused with red paint on Sunday night or...

8/20/2017

article Statue of St. Junipero Serra appears to have been vandalized
(California) -- Monuments to Confederate soldiers aren’t the only memorials being target by social justice vandals. Not only was a statue of St. Joan of Arc in New...

8/15/2017

article LETTER: Remove Serra statues
(California) -- We see many of our states removing all statues, plaques and other Southern memorabilia dealing with the Civil War, basically because all of those...

4/8/2016

article Appalling, Ignorant, and Sad
(California) -- Last September, Pope Francis canonized an eighteenth century Spanish Franciscan priest, Junipero Serra, drawing attention to his work as a missionary...

4/4/2016

article Junipero Serra statue in Monterey to be reunited with its head
(California) -- The granite statue of Junipero Serra has stood headless in a Monterey park ever since October, when an apparent protester used a sledgehammer to...

4/3/2016

article Decapitated head of Junipero Serra statue found during low tide
(California) -- A young girl found the decapitated head of a Junipero Serra statue during a low tide Saturday afternoon off the coast of Monterey, a Monterey police...

1/28/2016

article $77K Price Tag to Replace Decapitated Junípero Serra Statue's Head
(California) -- A new head for a statue of Junípero Serra that was decapitated in Monterey in October—about two weeks after the Spanish missionary was canonized by...

1/22/2016

article Serra Statue New Head to Cost $77,000
(California) -- Officials in Monterey, California are estimating the replacement cost for a new head on the Junipero Serra granite statue will be $77,000.

12/23/2015

article Students demand Catholic university denounce Saint Junípero Serra as mass murderer
(California) -- A coalition of students at the University of San Diego have demanded that administrators denounce Saint Junípero Serra as a mass murderer with a “...

11/5/2015

article Nice try, Pope Francis, but to many, Junipero Serra is no saint
(California) -- “On all the 21 missions along the coast here our people were enslaved, they were beaten, they were tortured, our women were raped. It was forced...

11/3/2015

article ‘God Knows Junipero Serra Was a Sinner’ Prayer Memorial by Local Tribes
(California) -- Several San Diego tribal bands gathered September 23, 2015 at the historic Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá Mission. They returned to what is sacred...

10/19/2015

article Monterey statue of Junipero Serra decapitated
(California) -- Police are searching for vandals that decapitated a statue of Junipero Serra at the Monterey Presidio earlier this week, becoming the second in a string...

10/15/2015

article Junipero Serra statue decapitated at Monterey's Lower Presidio Park
(California) -- Investigators are looking for the vandals who decapitated a statue of Saint Junipero Serra at Monterey’s Lower Presidio Park. This comes just weeks...

10/6/2015

article The Satanic Temple Is 'Demonizing' St. Junipero Serra Next Week
(California) -- In response to the Pope's canonization of the controversial Junipero Serra, the Los Angeles chapter of the Satanic Temple will demonize him next week.

10/3/2015

article OP/ED: Serra’s canonization justifies enslavement
(California) -- This past week, Pope Francis embarked on a historic journey to the United States. He became the first Pope to speak in front of Congress, and passed up...

10/2/2015

article HOUSKA: Silenced Again: Native Americans Insulted after Pope Francis Makes Junípero Serra a Saint
(USA) -- The history of the Catholic Church with indigenous peoples is a long and brutal one. Forced eradication of culture, religion, and language resulted in the...

9/28/2015

article Days after canonization, Serra statue toppled, painted at Carmel Mission.
(California) -- Just four days after Pope Francis canonized Junipero Serra, vandals struck Carmel Mission early Sunday morning, toppling the Serra statue and covering it...
article Shock after Junipero Serra statue vandalized days after sainthood declared
(California) -- Days after Pope Francis elevated Father Junipero Serra to sainthood, vandals struck the Carmel Mission where the remains of the controversial missionary...
article Statue of Junipero Serra defaced days after canonization by Pope Francis
(California) -- On Wednesday, in one of his first acts in Washington, Pope Francis stood beneath the great dome of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate...
article Vandals break into Carmel Mission to deface statue of St. Serra with message ‘Saint of Genocide’ after Pope Francis’ canonization
(California) -- Vandals broke into California’s Carmel Mission and left a message dubbing Father Junipero Serra the “Saint of Genocide” one week after Pope Francis...
article Vandals Desecrate Carmel Mission Where Junípero Serra Is Buried
(California) -- A Catholic mission in Carmel, Calif., was vandalized on Sunday, with statues toppled and paint splashed on walls, tombstones and doors, just days after...
article Vandals topple Junipero Serra statue, scrawl 'Saint of Genocide' on stone
(California) -- A statue of the 18th century friar Junipero Serra was toppled and graves vandalized at the Carmel Mission in California, police said Sunday, just days...
article NEWCOMB: Pope Francis’s Careful Side-Step
(California) -- During his address to the U.S. Congress on September 24, Pope Francis alluded to the collision between the colonizing nations of Christendom and our...

9/27/2015

article Carmel mission vandalized after Junipero Serra’s canonization
(California) -- Four days after Pope Francis proclaimed Junipero Serra a saint, vandals defaced the grounds of Mission San Carlos in Carmel where the newly canonized...
article Vandals strike mission days after pope canonizes Serra
(California) -- The historic Carmel Mission Basilica was vandalized overnight, according to Carmel Police but because of the swift work of volunteers, there won't be...
article Local Serra Club celebrates Father Serra’s canonization
(California) -- Many who accept Serra’s heroic virtue and supported his canonization, don’t deny his complicated legacy. Serra founded nine of California’s 21 missions...
article Native Leaders Speak Out Against Pope’s Canonizatio of Junipero Serra
(California) -- With the canonization of Junipero Serra by Pope Francis last Wednesday, many American Indians felt betrayed yet again by an institution.
article Priest Returns From Trip To See Pope Francis
(California) -- A pastor from the Parish at the Old Mission Santa Barbara just returned from a trip to Washington, D.C., to see Pope Francis canonize Father Junipero...

9/26/2015

article CHARLES: Disappointment…Deep disappointment
(Washington D.C.) -- I had been anticipating Pope Francis’ speech to a joint session of Congress ever since I learned it was planned. From the beginning of his...
article Indigenous Leaders Want Pope Francis To Rescind Bull Justifying Imperialism
(USA) -- Ahead of Pope Francis’ arrival in Philadelphia, indigenous leaders from across the Americas -- from the Haudenosaunee Confederacy in upstate New York to...

9/25/2015

article Onondaga Nation members felt disrespected during Pope Francis visit in NYC
(New York) -- Onondaga Nation Tadodaho Sid Hill, the spiritual leader of the Haudenosaunee, and other members of the Onondaga Nation were in New York City this morning...

9/24/2015

article Junipero Serra was a brutal colonialist. So why did Pope Francis just make him a saint?
(Washington D.C.) -- On Wednesday, Pope Francis officially canonized Father Junipero Serra, thereby making Serra a Catholic saint. Serra founded several Catholic...
article Man Who Helped Kill Thousands of Native Americans to Be Made a Saint by Pope Francis Today
(Washington D.C.) -- Pope Francis landed in Washington, D.C., Tuesday to commence a six-day tour of the United States. Junipero Serra landed in San Diego, California in...
article Pope Francis canonizes Father Junipero Serra, saying he defended Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- Pope Francis called Father Junipero Serra a defender of “the dignity of the native community,” as the first pope from the Americas...
article Pope Francis fails to address mistreatment of tribes in California
(Washington D.C.) -- Pope Francis didn't shy away from controversial issues during his first full day in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday but he ignored a key one as...
article 4 Native Entities That Opposed the Canonization of Junípero Serra (to No Avail)
(California) -- Since Pope Francis first proposed canonizing Father Junípero Serra earlier this year, American Indians have been outraged, especially in California. On...
article Junipero Serra, dubious saint
(California) -- In the flurry of this week’s frenzy of papal excitement, his holiness has still managed to attract his fair share of controversy. Performing the...
article Native American protesters decry canonization of Junipero Serra
(California) -- Some 100 people protested outside of Mission Dolores church Wednesday afternoon against the pope’s same-day canonization of Junipero Serra, a 18th-...
article Native Californians oppose sainthood for missionary who 'destroyed our people'
(California) -- To many Catholics he was already a saint. And today, in Washington D.C., his sainthood will be made official -- when Pope Francis canonizes the...

9/23/2015

article California Tribes Denounce Catholic Church's "Fraud" and "Blatant Fabrication" on Serra Sainthood
(California) -- Several representatives of California tribes held a press conference Tuesday at Washington D.C.’s Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ...
article Native American activists frustrated by Junipero Serra’s canonization
(Washington D.C.) -- As Pope Francis continues his historic tour of the United States, a ceremony being held Wednesday brings up a darker chapter in American Catholic...
article Orange County and Pope Francis: Native American priest to meet pope for Father Serra canonization
(California) -- The Rev. James Nieblas has always been there for his tribe. When there is a baby to be baptized, he’s there. When he is called in for a...
article Papal mass features reading in Native language from California
(Washington D.C.) -- A Native language that hasn't been widely used for decades was heard around the world as Pope Francis led a mass in Washington, D.C., on...
article Pilgrims Gather in Washington to See Pope Francis Canonize Junípero Serra
(Washington D.C.) -- They came in sandals and dress shoes, in shorts and in their Sunday best. Jorge and Ana Escamilla, originally from El Salvador, flew across the...
article Pope Francis lands in nation's capital for historic first visit to US
(Washington D.C.) -- Pope Francis arrived in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday for the start of his historic visit to the United States. A delegation that included President...
article Pope Francis Raising Father of California’s Missions to Sainthood
(California) -- When the Rev. Junípero Serra is canonized Wednesday during a Washington, D.C., Mass celebrated by Pope Francis, Rudy Rosales will be watching from Father...
article Why Are Native Groups Protesting Catholicism's Newest Saint?
(Washington D.C.) -- Sometimes a saint may be all too human. Junipero Serra, the missionary who brought Catholicism to California, is set to be canonized this week on...

9/22/2015

article Canonization Of Junipero Serra Stirs Controversy In San Diego
(California) -- Junipero Serra is set to be canonized Wednesday, during Pope Francis' visit to Washington D.C. Serra established his first mission in San Diego....
article Fr. Luis Olivares: A better choice for sainthood than Serra
(California) -- Pope Francis’ visit to the United States will be historic in part because he will sanctify Fr. Junípero Serra as a saint of the Catholic church....
article Junipero Serra’s Sainthood Dismays Many
(California) -- Eighteenth century Franciscan missionary Junipero Serra will be canonized by Pope Francis this week. Hailed by the church as “the evangelizer of...
article Ohlone descendant to recite native language at Serra ceremony
(California) -- When Pope Francis celebrates the canonization of Junipero Serra in Washington on Wednesday, he will hear verses from the Old Testament read aloud by an...
article Pope’s new saint: Hispanic founding father or enabler of Indian deaths?
(Washington D.C.) -- When Pope Francis canonizes 18th century missionary Junípero Serra as a saint Wednesday in Washington, he will give Hispanic-Americans a saint of...
article Serra’s canonization outrages Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- When Pope Francis canonizes 18th-century missionary Junipero Serra as a saint Wednesday in Washington, he will give Hispanic-Americans a saint of...
article America’s Newest Saint Tortured People
(California) -- Junipero Serra will be canonized for converting Native Americans to Catholicism in 18th century California, but he did so under a horrifically oppressive...

9/21/2015

article Native Americans question canonization of Fr. Junipero Serra
(California) -- Pope Francis will canonize Father Juniper Serra, on Wednesday, and according to Caleen Sisk, the chief of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, many Native Americans...
article Pope Francis to Canonize Spanish Priest Some Indians Compare to Hitler
(California) -- When Pope Francis canonizes Father Junipero Serra on Wednesday at an outdoor mass at Catholic University of America, at least some American Indians will...
article Suzan Shown Harjo to Pope Francis: Don't Canonize Junípero Serra
(Washington D.C.) -- The following is a statement directed to Pope Francis by Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee), president of the Native American...

9/20/2015

article Popular Pope Francis faces criticism for canonizing missionary Junipero Serra
(Washington D.C.) -- Pope Francis has earned plaudits for focusing on the needs of the poor and the powerless during his two-plus years as the leader of the 1.2 billion...

9/18/2015

article Native Americans Protest Canonization Of Junipero Serra
(USA) -- AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: Next week, the first Latin-American pope will give the United States its first Hispanic saint. The canonization of Junipero Serra has drawn...

9/17/2015

article Archdiocese of L.A. plans exhibit to honor Serra's sainthood
(California) -- In less than a week, thousands are expected to pour into Washington, D.C., to see Pope Francis canonize 18th century priest Junipero Serra. In California...
article The contested sainthood of Junípero Serra
(California) -- It’s not every day that a local person becomes a saint, but on September 23rd, more than two hundred years after he died, Junípero Serra will be...

9/16/2015

article Carmel Mission asks for tribal input on museum update
(California) -- The Carmel Mission is in the process of redoing its museum and the curator is asking indigenous tribes in the area to help her better represent native...

9/15/2015

article California Natives Oppose Canonization of Junipero Serra
(California) -- The descendants of indigenous people who were enslaved, tortured, and killed by the Catholic Missionary system plan to protest the pope's...
article How tarnished is Serra’s halo?
(California) -- Saint-making normally isn’t the backdrop for deep cultural battles. Disagreements over the official distribution of halos rarely rise to the level...
article Who is Pope Francis' controversial pick for canonization?
(Washington D.C.) -- Pope Francis is slated to canonize a controversial 18th-century Franciscan Missionary during his visit to Washington next week. But for many Native...

9/11/2015

article Pope Francis to declare Spanish priest a saint, but some Native Americans beg to differ
(Washington D.C.) -- When Pope Francis canonizes the 18th-century Spanish missionary Junipero Serra on Sept. 23 in Washington — the first canonization on U.S. soil...

9/10/2015

article Savior Or Villain? The Complicated Story Of Pope Francis' Next American Saint
(USA) -- When Pope Francis travels to the U.S. later this month, he'll give 18th-century Spanish priest Junipero Serra the Catholic Church's highest honor:...

9/9/2015

article Why Junipero Serra’s Sainthood Is a Slap in Face of Native Americans
(California) -- Pope Francis during his upcoming visit to the United States, plans to, among other things, canonize a Spanish priest who made his name converting Native...

9/8/2015

article Local tribe reinforces opposition to Serra sainthood
(California) -- The local Amah Mutsun tribe is reinforcing its opposition to the sainthood of Junipero Serra through a letter recently sent to Gov. Jerry Brown....

9/6/2015

article Missionary's sainthood stirs protest
(California) -- Pope Francis' apology for the Roman Catholic Church's crimes against indigenous peoples has not softened opposition among some California...

9/4/2015

article Catholic leaders to examine portrayal of Indians’ experience at missions
(California) -- Bishop Jaime Soto, who heads the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento and the California Catholic Conference, announced Friday a plan to explore how...

9/3/2015

article Native Americans Debate: Father Serra, Saint or Sinner?
(California) -- Pope Francis will canonize an 18th century missionary to Spanish California during a papal visit to the United States this month. But, some Native...

8/24/2015

article Junípero Serra’s missions destroyed entire native cultures--now he's going to be a saint
(California) -- It's a warm fall day outside Mission Dolores, where an Ohlone man whose baptismal name is Francisco is tied to a whipping post. A week ago he ran...

8/21/2015

article AIM Opposes Canonization for Junipero Serra, the Father of California’s Mission System
(California) -- The American Indian Movement (AIM) Grand Governing Council statement opposing the canonization of Junipero Serra, the father of California's mission...

8/18/2015

article EDITORIAL: California’s Saint, and a Church’s Sins
(California) -- On his trip to the United States next month, Pope Francis is going to canonize the Rev. Junipero Serra, the great Spanish missionary of 18th-century...

7/30/2015

article Serra’s legacy complicated by practices, conflicts of his time
(California) -- People with ties to the California mission system see the canonization of its founder as a moment for reflection and reconciliation with native people.

7/23/2015

article Jerry Brown views Sistine Chapel, helps docent with history
(Vatican City) -- With a climate change conference winding down here Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown slipped into the Sistine Chapel, walked beneath Michelangelo’s...

7/21/2015

article Jerry Brown says Junípero Serra statue will stay
(California) -- Gov. Jerry Brown appears intent on keeping a statue of Father Junípero Serra at the United States Capitol, suggesting this week that he will oppose an...

7/15/2015

article Walters: California lawmakers go too far on Indian issues
(California) -- Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Walters argues that California lawmakers are drifting into censorship ground by taking on Junipero Serra, the founder of the...

7/13/2015

article Father Junipero Serra's sainthood protested at Mission San Juan Bautista
(California) -- The pope won't answer their letters, but will he hear their prayers? That is the steadfast hope of many California Indians opposed to the upcoming...

6/24/2015

article Colonial wrongs cloud sainthood cause of Junipero Serra
(Washington D.C.) -- Sainthood has never implied perfection. Some of the most celebrated were transformed world-class sinners. The question of the moment, though, is...

6/18/2015

article California Native Americans oppose Junipero Serra’s canonization
(California) -- When Pope Francis announced that Junipero Serra, the founder of California’s missions in the 1700s and 1800s, would be canonized in September,...

6/4/2015

article The Political Assault on California’s Saint
(New York) -- When Pope Francis visits Washington, D.C., in September, he will canonize Junipero Serra, the 18th-century Franciscan priest who led the spread of...

6/3/2015

article Tribal Leaders Oppose Serra Sainthood
(California) -- Chumash and other Native American tribal leaders staged a weekend of events denouncing the proposed canonization of Junipero Serra, the father of the...

5/26/2015

article Disrobing Junipero Serra: Saint or Monster?
(California) -- On May 30, the public is welcome to attend a discussion on the Sainthood of Junipero Serra and the real history of California missions hosted by the...

5/23/2015

article Opposing the canonization of Father Junipero Serra on the world stage
(New York) -- As Father Junipero Serra's cannoziation draws near, a representative from the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band travels to the United Nations to oppose it.

5/9/2015

article Catholics step up fight to keep Serra statue
(California) -- Orange County Catholics are forming a nonprofit organization to support their effort to keep a statue of Father Junipero Serra standing in the National...
article Controversial friar who evangelized California to be made a saint
(Vatican City) -- Friar Junipero Serra, an 18th-century Franciscan who brought Christianity to California and is accused by Native American groups of colonial crimes,...

5/6/2015

article Sainthood for Serra gets Vatican OK
(Vatican City) -- Father Junipero Serra, who has been inching closer to sainthood for decades, received official approval from the Vatican on Wednesday, to the delight...

5/2/2015

article Native Lives Matter Banner Drop at Mission Dolores
(California) -- On May 2 there will be a demonstration at Mission Dolores as part of an 'International Day of Mourning' held in response to the celebration of...
article Pope Francis praises Junipero Serra as U.S. 'founding father'
(Italy) -- Pope Francis weighed in on a thorny topic in California history Saturday when he spoke at length at a Rome Mass about Father Junipero Serra, the controversial...

4/23/2015

article WALTERS: California Senate dishonors Junipero Serra on verge of sainthood
(California) -- The Catholic Church’s first Latino pope is on the verge of canonizing Junipero Serra, the 18th century Spanish missionary who brought Christianity...

4/22/2015

article Will the US greet first Latino Pope by kicking out Junipero Serra?
(Italy) -- As the U.S. prepares for Pope Francis' trip later this year, one Vatican official says efforts to remove the statue of Spanish missionary Blessed Junipero...

4/21/2015

article History, truth, and politics: Researcher seeks to clear the record on Junipero Serra
(California) -- California missionary Father Junipero Serra’s canonization is “long overdue,” says a university professor concerned that the priest...

4/20/2015

article Vatican Defends Canonization Of Junipero Serra, Controversial Hispanic Evangelizer
(Vatican City) -- The Vatican is mounting a campaign to defend an 18th century Franciscan missionary who will be canonized by Pope Francis in the U.S. against protests...

4/18/2015

article Pope Francis to honor Junipero Serra at American seminary in Rome
(Vatican City) -- Since Pope Francis won’t make it to California for the canonization of its great evangelizer, he will join a celebration at Rome’s American...

4/14/2015

article Poll: Is it time to retire Junipero Serra's statue?
(Washington D.C.) -- Massachusetts has John Winthrop, a Puritan leader of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and Samuel Adams, a founding father of the United States....

4/9/2015

article Native Americans protest canonization of Junipero Serra at Carmel Mission
(California) -- On Sunday mornings, Rudy Rosales helps clean and maintain the graves of his ancestors at the Carmel Mission, either by pulling weeds or placing the...

4/5/2015

press release For Immediate Release: Honoring California Native Indians & Denouncing Junipero Serra
(California) -- At 1pm on Sunday, April 5th, 2015, most Catholics will observe EASTER, commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary, California...
article Junipero Serra sainthood: Native Americans protest at Carmel Mission cemetery on Easter Sunday
(California) -- As Catholics celebrated Easter Sunday Mass in the packed Carmel Mission, nearly 200 Native Americans crowded into the nearby cemetery to honor their...
article Native Americans protest canonization of Junipero Serra at Carmel Mission
(California) -- On Sunday mornings, Rudy Rosales helps clean and maintain the graves of his ancestors at the Carmel Mission; either by pulling weeds or placing the...

3/22/2015

article American Indian Movement Chapter & Allies to Rally Serra Canonization on Easter Sunday
(California) -- This year Easter Sunday falls on April 5, and that is the date AIM-Southern California Chapter has appropriately chosen to hold a rally against the...

3/20/2015

press release For Immediate Release: Honoring California Native Indians & Denouncing Junipero Serra
(California) -- At 1pm on Sunday, April 5th, 2015, most Catholics will observe EASTER, commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary, California...

3/8/2015

article Amah Mutsun’s Letter to Pope Francis
(California) -- Valentin Lopez, Chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band of Costanoan/Ohlone Indians, wrote a poignant letter to Pope Francis sharing a Native perspective...

2/28/2015

article Long Beach Native Americans Enraged by Juniperro Serra Sainthood
(California) -- Junipero Serra founded the first California mission in 1769, forever changing the histories of Native American people.

2/21/2015

article Good Friday Set to Denounce Junipero Serra and Honor California Native Indians
(California) -- On Friday April 3rd as most Catholics observe Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary, California Native...

2/17/2015

article Cult of Serra: A nun and a pair of Mission Indian cousins come to terms with Junipero Serra's sainthood
(California) -- Vincent Medina had been walking a fine line all week. He's a Catholic who works as a tour guide for fourth-graders at Mission Dolores in San...

2/14/2015

article Junipero Serra’s proposed canonization causing controversy
(California) -- California’s history can’t be told without Junipero Serra, the 18th-century Franciscan missionary who introduced Christianity and established...

2/13/2015

article California Senator Wants ‘Controversial’ Missionary Statue At US Capitol Replaced With First Woman Astronaut Sally Ride
(California) -- A California legislator has proposed replacing missionary-priest Junipero Serra’s statue from the U.S. Capitol with one of astronaut Sally Ride,...

2/10/2015

article Statue of controversial missionary Junipero Serra could get booted from U.S. Capitol
(Washington D.C.) -- Junipero Serra, the 18th-century Franciscan missionary who’s set to be declared a saint later this year despite protests from Native American...

2/4/2015

article NEWCOMB: Expanding Christian Empire and Father Junipero Serra
(California) -- Quite a number of articles of late have asked whether it’s a good idea for Pope Francis to declare Franciscan priest Junipero Serra to be a...

2/3/2015

article Some see Junipero Serra, Pope Francis’ next American saint, as less than holy
(Washington D.C.) -- When Pope Francis unexpectedly announced last month that he would canonize the Rev. Junipero Serra during his visit to the U.S. in September, he...

2/1/2015

article Native American advocacy group to protest Pope Francis’s plans to canonize Father Junipero Sera
(California) -- An advocacy group representing Native Americans said will hold a demonstration in downtown Los Angeles today to protest Pope Francis’s plans to...

1/30/2015

article Junipero Serra Sainthood Gets No Blessing by Native Americans
(California) -- An advocacy group representing Native Americans said Friday it would hold a demonstration in downtown Los Angeles this weekend to protest Pope Francis...

1/29/2015

article Junipero Serra 'very courageous' but not perfect, Jerry Brown says
(California) -- In the midst of outrage among Native Americans to the impending sainthood of Junipero Serra, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday called California's most...

1/19/2015

article NEWCOMB: Father Serra’s Sainthood: Sanctifying a Legacy of Domination
(California) -- On January 15, 2015, during a flight from Sri Lanka to Manila, Pope Francis declared to reporters: “In September, God willing, I will canonize...

1/18/2015

article OP/ED: What California Indians lost under Junipero Serra, soon to be saint
(California) -- Is there a word for the extinction of cultures? Not the people of those cultures, but the cultures themselves? I ask because one of the notable...

1/17/2015

article "There's Nothing Saintly About the Atrocities": Native American Chief Blasts Decision to Canonize Junipero Serra
(California) -- A Native American chief has blasted the pope's decision to canonize a controversial 18th century California missionary. Pope Francis announced his...
article Pope Francis announces sainthood for California Mission founder Junipero Serra
(California) -- After years of prayers by Catholic nuns and controversy among Native American groups, Pope Francis announced Thursday that Junipero Serra, the Spanish...
article Reactions Mixed to Pope’s Plan to Canonize Father Junipero Serra
(California) -- As news of a new saint echoes through the air, some are rejoicing Pope Francis’ decision to canonize Father Junipero Serra. “I was astonished...
article RELIGION: Serra's fast-lane sainthood drums up mixed reactions
(California) -- Pope Francis’ plan to canonize Father Junipero Serra, founder of California’s Spanish mission system, is eliciting strong, emotional...

1/16/2015

article Decision to canonize Father Junipero Serra draws divided reaction
(California) -- He wandered beyond the edge of Christendom into a rugged land of "infidels" he sought to convert. When Father Junipero Serra and his cavalcade...
article Father Junipero Serra to be elevated to sainthood, Pope Francis says
(California) -- Catching most of the Catholic faithful by surprise, Pope Francis announced Thursday that he plans to canonize Father Junipero Serra, the 18th-century...
article Father Junipero Serra: California hero or villain?
(California) -- Pope Francis' announcement that he plans to canonize Father Junipero Serra has generated both cheers and anger across California.
article Opinion / What California Indians lost under Junipero Serra, soon to be saint
(California) -- Is there a word for the extinction of cultures? Not the people of those cultures, but the cultures themselves? I ask because one of the notable...
article Pope Francis proclaims Junipero Serra will become a saint
(California) -- Pope Francis says he will declare that Junipero Serra, one of the founders of modern California, is a Roman Catholic saint. Serra, who established nine...
article Pope Francis should make El Salvador’s Archbishop Oscar Romero a saint — not Junipero Serra: Guest commentary
(California) -- The pope should make El Salvador’s Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero a saint, not Junipero Serra. Pope Francis has declared that he plans to canonize...

1/15/2015

article Pope to canonize missionary Serra
(California) -- The unpredictable Pope Francis surprised the world again with Thursday's unexpected announcement that he will canonize Father Junipero Serra when he...

8/17/2013

article Following Junipero Serra's journey, a life of faith and flaws
(California) -- Junipero Serra, the Franciscan priest who established the first nine missions in California, was one of the state's most influential yet least...

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