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

Man charged with arson in connection with Mission San Gabriel fire

A California man was charged with arson Tuesday in connection with a fire that ravaged a historic mission church in... Read more

The interior of the fire-damaged Mission San Gabriel April 19, 2021, after new steel beams were installed to begin construction of a new roof.

Fire reveals pieces of Mission San Gabriel's past as it prepares for jubilee year

Nine months after a mysterious fire ripped through Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, the historic church is still a mess. Read more

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone performs an exorcism rite outside Mission San Rafael Arcangel in San Rafael, California.

San Francisco archbishop performs exorcism at site of destroyed St. Junipero Serra statue

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco on Saturday performed an exorcism at the site of a destroyed statue of St.... Read more

Father Kyle Faller leads prayers at the site of a destroyed statue of St. Junipero Serra on Oct. 13, 2020.

California Catholics pray, protest at destroyed St. Junipero Serra statue

Catholics in California rallied in a peaceful demonstration Tuesday evening at the former site of a statue of St. Junipero... 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.

St. Junipero Serra statue defaced, pulled down on California's Indigenous People’s Day

A group of activists near San Francisco on Monday defaced a statue of St. Junipero Serra on private property with... 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

Statue of Christ the Good Shepherd after attack Tuesday night.

Christ statue beheaded in new Catholic statue attacks

The recent series of attacks on church buildings and property continued Tuesday night, as a statue of Christ was toppled... Read more

San Buenaventura Mission in Ventura, Ca.

Pope Francis makes mission founded by St. Junipero Serra a minor basilica

Pope Francis has elevated a California mission church founded by St. Junipero Serra to the rank of minor basilica. The... 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 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

Statue of Mary outside Cathedral Prep School and Seminary, Queens, New York.

Statues of Mary vandalized in weekend of Catholic church attacks

Boston police are investigating an arson attack on a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary Saturday night, the second attack... Read more

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

Mission founded by St. Junípero Serra burns in overnight fire

Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez called the fire at San Gabriel Mission church, founded by St. Junipero Serra, “devastating.”  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