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Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo, in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif. Credit: Burkhard Mücke via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Catholic group receives grant to restore historic California mission

A Catholic group has received a large grant to restore one of the oldest California missions and to provide a... Read more

A statue of St. Junipero Serra, which was defaced and torn down by protesters Oct. 12, at Mission San Rafael Arcangel in San Rafael, California. Courtesy photo.

Archbishop Cordileone commends prosecution of Serra statue vandals for working justice

Amid calls from California activists to drop vandalism charges against five assailants who destroyed a statue of St. Junipero Serra... Read more

A statue of St. Junipero Serra, which was defaced and torn down by protesters Oct. 12, at Mission San Rafael Arcangel in San Rafael, Calif. Courtesy photo.

San Francisco archbishop asks DA to prosecute Serra statue vandalism

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco has asked the Marin County district attorney to prosecute those arrested after an Oct.... Read more

Pope Francis kisses a relic of St. Junipero Serra in Rome, May 2, 2015.

Junipero Serra among 'inappropriate' San Francisco school names, district committee says

A San Francisco public school district committee this month recommended that 44 schools with “inappropriate” names be renamed, with Junipero... Read more

St. Junipero Serra. public domain.

Bishop Barron defends Junipero Serra: Evangelization is not ‘cultural aggression’

Bishop Robert Barron this week delivered a homily in support of St. Junipero Serra, an 18th century Franciscan missionary whose... Read more

The seal of Ventura County, California.

St. Junipero Serra could soon be removed from California county seal

A proposal to remove St. Junipero Serra from Ventura County’s official seal is unwarranted, and elected officials need to know... Read more

View of Father Serra Statue and California Street from steps of Ventura City Hall.

California city will remove St. Junipero Serra statue from public grounds

The City Council of Ventura, California has voted to remove a statue of St. Junipero Serra from the grounds of... Read more

An academic building on the campus of the University of San Diego.

California Catholic university puts St. Junipero Serra statue in storage

A California Catholic university has placed a statue of St. Junipero Serra in storage after at least three statues of... Read more

Archbishop Jose Gomez visits the scene of the fire at the San Gabriel mission, July 11, 2020.

Gomez asks for prayers after fire at 'spiritual heart of Los Angeles'

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles has expressed his “terrible sadness” after a fire at a 249-year-old mission church founded... Read more

Statue of St. Junipero Serra in Golden Gate Park.

St. Junipero Serra protested colonial oppression and abuses, Archbishop Gomez says

Those who “slander” the legacy of St. Junipero Serra ignore his history of opposing colonial oppression and abuses of indigenous... Read more

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone during a June 27 prayer service in Golden Gate Park.

After St. Junípero Serra statue torn down, Archbishop Cordileone offers exorcism prayers

After a mob tore down statues, including a figure of St. Junípero Serra statue, in a San Francisco park, Archbishop... Read more

Mission San Antonio de Padua in Monterey County, Calif.

Teacher completes walking pilgrimage to California's 21 missions

A Catholic teacher who finished a pilgrimage to the Spanish Missions in California this week has emphasized his devotion to... Read more