CNA Staff, Jun 25, 2020 / 15:34 pm
Two statues of St. Junipero Serra have been moved from a Catholic mission and church in southern California amid fears of vandalism as protests around the state continue to topple statues.
The Mission San Juan Capistrano and its neighboring church have removed statues of Serra from their outside displays this week.
Diocese of Orange spokeswoman Tracey Kincaid told the OC Register that the Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano moved the statue "out of precaution." The statue, which was anchored to a pedestal at the entrance, was removed on June 23.
The mission next door relocated the statute from its front courtyard to its Sala building. The 104-year-old statue has been displayed for almost 80 years. It will soon be part of a mission exhibit on the life of Serra.