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Saint or Sinner? Serra’s canonization sparks controversy

Advertisements By Elisabetta Silvestro Pope Francis announced on Jan. 15 plans to canonize Junipero Serra during a scheduled trip to the United States in September. The decision to honor the 18th Century friar—who founded California’s first missions—came as blasphemous news to the Native American community. Even though it had been discussed since 1988 when then-Pope […]