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Pope Francis says Mass for the canonization of Saint Junipero Serra at Washington D.C.'s Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Sept. 23, 2015.

Pope Francis: Imitate Saint Junipero Serra, be trailblazers for Christ

Pope Francis made history Wednesday by performing the first-ever canonization on U.S. soil, of St. Junipero Serra.  Read more

Pope Francis venerates the cross which was buried with Bl. Junipero Serra, whom he will canonize later this month, at the General Audience held Sept. 2, 2015.

Blessed Junipero Serra's cross gets a kiss from Pope Francis

Pope Francis on Wednesday kissed and blessed a cross that was buried with Father Junipero Serra, the early California missionary... Read more

A statue of Bl. Junipero Serra outside Mission San Antonio de Padua in Monterey County, Calif.

How Junipero Serra fought the death penalty for a California native

Blessed Junipero Serra’s love for the natives of California extended even to those who killed one of his friends and... Read more

The statue of Father Junipero Serra inside the National Statuary Hall in Washington D.C.

Bl. Junipero statue in the Capitol is safe – for now

An effort to remove the statue of Bl. Junipero Serra from the U.S. Capitol has been set aside for the... Read more

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

California legislators renew push against Junipero Serra, saint and Hispanic 'founding father'

A statue of Franciscan missionary and saint-to-be Father Junipero Serra has stood in the U.S. Capitol since 1931, but its... Read more

Statue of Fr Junipero Serra, Mission San Juan Bautista California.

California's soon-to-be saint hailed as a man ahead of his time

Experts in California history, archeology and the life of Bl. Junipero Serra have praised him as a passionate missionary with... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Pontifical North American College on May 2, 2015.

Pope Francis celebrates Junipero Serra – a 'founding father' of the US

Pope Francis marked a “day of reflection” for the soon-to-be canonized Junípero Serra by celebrating Mass at the Pontifical North... Read more

General Audience with Pope Francis, April 17, 2013.

Will the US greet first Latino Pope by kicking out Junipero Serra?

As the U.S. prepares for Pope Francis' trip later this year, one Vatican official says efforts to remove the statue... Read more

The statue of Father Junipero Serra inside the National Statuary Hall in Washington D.C.

New San Diego bishop: Don't remove Junipero Serra from US Capitol

Bishop Robert McElroy, the new head of the San Diego diocese, has criticized a proposal to remove the statue of... Read more

Pope Francis laughing outside of St. Peter's Basilica during the general audience on April 1, 2015.

Pope Francis to honor Junipero Serra at American seminary in Rome

Since Pope Francis won’t make it to California for the canonization of its great evangelizer, he will join a celebration... Read more

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

History, truth, and politics: Researcher seeks to clear the record on Junipero Serra

California missionary Father Junipero Serra’s canonization is “long overdue,” says a university professor concerned that the priest’s history has been... Read more

The statue of Father Junipero Serra (Far Left) inside the National Statuary Hall in Washington D.C.

Statue of Pope Francis' new saint could be kicked out of US capitol

Just weeks after Pope Francis announced his intention to canonize missionary Father Junipero Serra during his upcoming visit to the... Read more

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

Why Junipero Serra's canonization is important for the new evangelization

Although the colonial and missionary period of California’s history is often riddled with bitter memories, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los... Read more

Blessed Junípero Serra.

California bishops to Pope: Thanks for the new saint!

Two California bishops have voiced elation and gratitude at Pope Francis’ announcement that he will canonize Blessed Junípero Serra, OFM,... Read more