Blog Archive: Roman Catholicism

Pope canonizes Father Junipero Serra, but not all happy about it

By From staff reports, Daily Breeze An 18th-century missionary who brought Catholicism to the American West Coast was elevated to sainthood Wednesday by Pope Francis, prompting Catholics, children and Native Americans to reflect on a history that touches much of Southern California — from the missions of San Fernando and San Gabriel to the Inland Empire. In the first canonization on U.S. soil, Francis made Junipero Serra a saint during a Mass outside the Basilica

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