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Who is St. Junipero Serra, anyway?

Jun 22, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

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

Jun 22, 2020

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

Jun 20, 2020

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

Jun 20, 2020

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

Mar 7, 2018

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

Oct 3, 2017

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.

Aug 21, 2017

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'

Sep 28, 2015

By Adelaide Mena

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

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

Sep 23, 2015

By Mary Farrow

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

Sep 4, 2015

By Elise Harris

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

Aug 5, 2015

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

Jul 3, 2015

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'

Jun 25, 2015

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

May 3, 2015

By Elise Harris

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

May 2, 2015

By Ann Schneible

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?

Apr 20, 2015

By Ann Schneible

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

Apr 20, 2015

By CNA Staff

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

Apr 16, 2015

By Elise Harris

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

Mar 29, 2015

By Kevin J. Jones

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

Feb 10, 2015

By Kevin J. Jones

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