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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 applauds prosecution of St. Junipero Serra statue vandalism

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco applauded the Marin County District Attorney for filing charges over the vandalism of a... 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 statue of Bl. Junipero Serra at the Mission San Miguel in California.

Spanish bishop defends Junipero Serra’s legacy

A Spanish bishop recently celebrated Mass in the church where St. Junipero Serra was baptized, defending the saint’s legacy against... 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

Queen of Peace Catholic Church after a fire July 11.

Anti-Catholic attacks merit national media scrutiny, Irish-American group says

National news media cannot ignore intolerance against Catholics, the Ancient Order of Hibernians has said, citing recent attacks on Catholic... Read more

Archbishop Jose Gomez and a local pilgrim outside the San Gabriel Mission July 12.

After a devastating fire, Mission San Gabriel community vows to rebuild

The fire that ravaged Mission San Gabriel Arcángel church in the predawn hours of Saturday, July 11, left behind a... Read more

The small prayer shrine Audrey Ortega placed at the former site of a statue of St. Junipero Serra. Courtesy photo.

Catholic builds a shrine to St. Junipero Serra on the site of destroyed Sacramento statue

After rioters pulled down a statue of St. Junipero Serra in Sacramento on July 4, a local Catholic told CNA... Read more

The statue of St. Junipero Serra outside the California State Capitol.

St. Junípero Serra statue destroyed at California state capitol

On the evening of Independence Day, a crowd in Sacramento tore down a statue of St. Junipero Serra, set fire... 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

St. Junipero Serra statue, San Juan Capistrano.

San Juan Capistrano Mission relocates St. Junipero Serra statues for protection 

Two statues of St. Junipero Serra have been moved from a Catholic mission and church in southern California amid fears... Read more

Statue of St. Junipero Serra in Golden Gate Park.

Spanish mayor offers to take downed St. Junipero Serra statue

The mayor of Boadilla del Monte, a town just west of metro Madrid in central Spain, has offered to take... Read more

A statue of Junipero Serra inside the National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C.

Toppling statues of Junipero Serra ‘fails test’ of history, California Catholic bishops say

The Catholic bishops of California have defended St. Junipero Serra following recent protests against racism. The bishops said that the... Read more

St. Junipero Serra. public domain.

Who is St. Junipero Serra, anyway?

Who is Junipero Serra, and why has he become such a lightning rod for controversy?  Read more

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

California mission aims to preserve St. Junipero Serra statue

While statues of St. Junipero Serra have been taken down by protestors in California cities, the mission church in Ventura,... Read more

Statue of St. Junipero Serra in Golden Gate Park.

After St. Junipero Serra statue is torn down, San Francisco archbishop says protests being ‘hijacked’ by violence

After the toppling of a saint’s statue in San Francisco, the city’s archbishop said Saturday that important protests over racial... Read more

Statue of St. Junipero Serra in Golden Gate Park.

St. Junipero Serra statue torn down in San Francisco Park

A statue of Catholic missionary St. Junipero Serra was toppled in a San Francisco park Friday, along with statues of... Read more

The sculpture Early Days near San Francisco's City Hall, which is to be removed following a March 5, 2017 vote.

In San Francisco, one less space for St Junipero Serra

California missionary St. Junipero Serra will be among the figures removed from a prominent location near San Francisco City Hall... Read more

The statue of Bl. Junipero Serra at the Mission San Miguel in California.

Archbishop Gomez: American missionaries are the overlooked US founders

During the annual Red Mass marking a new term of the U.S. Supreme Court, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles... Read more

Amid nationwide controversy, St Junipero Serra statue vandalized in L.A.

A statue of St. Junipero Serra in a Los Angeles public park appeared to have been vandalized last week in... Read more

Crowds gathered for the Mass canonizing Saint Junipero Serra at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C., Sept. 23, 2015.

Saint Junipero Serra's canonization an 'exciting time to be a Catholic'

Last week's Mass for the Canonization of Saint Junipero Serra, said by Pope Francis, proved to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity... Read more