Junipero Serra - Latest News :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Junipero Serra - Latest News
Jul 8, 2020 - 03:00 am .- After rioters pulled down a statue of St. Junipero Serra in Sacramento on July 4, a local Catholic told CNA that she felt compelled, after prayer and reflection, to clean the spot where the statue once stood, to pray there, and to defend the 18th-century missionary’s legacy.
Jul 5, 2020 - 08:28 pm .- On the evening of Independence Day, a crowd in Sacramento tore down a statue of St. Junipero Serra, set fire to it, and beat it with sledgehammers.
Jun 29, 2020 - 01:45 pm .- After a mob tore down statues, including a figure of St. Junípero Serra statue, in a San Francisco park, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone was joined by several dozen Catholics Saturday in prayer and acts of spiritual reparation.
Jun 25, 2020 - 04:34 pm .- Two statues of St. Junipero Serra have been moved from a Catholic mission and church in southern California amid fears of vandalism as protests around the state continue to topple statues.
Jun 24, 2020 - 06:07 pm .- The mayor of Boadilla del Monte, a town just west of metro Madrid in central Spain, has offered to take the statue of Saint Junipero Serra toppled last weekend in San Francisco.
Jun 22, 2020 - 06:40 pm .- The Catholic bishops of California have defended St. Junipero Serra following recent protests against racism. The bishops said that the saint was “ahead of his time” in defending the rights of indigenous peoples and that those who have called for statues of him to be removed or torn down “failed the test” of history.
Jun 22, 2020 - 03:20 pm .- Who is Junipero Serra, and why has he become such a lightning rod for controversy?
Jun 22, 2020 - 03:08 pm .- While statues of St. Junipero Serra have been taken down by protestors in California cities, the mission church in Ventura, California, founded by the saint, has announced it will work with local officials and indigenous tribal leaders to see a Serra statue outside Ventura City Hall moved to “a non-public location.” 
Jun 20, 2020 - 08:55 pm .- After the toppling of a saint’s statue in San Francisco, the city’s archbishop said Saturday that important protests over racial injustice have been “hijacked” by a mob bent on violence.
Jun 20, 2020 - 09:41 am .- A statue of Catholic missionary St. Junipero Serra was toppled in a San Francisco park Friday, along with statues of Francis Scott Key and Ulysses S. Grant.
Mar 7, 2018 - 10:41 am .- California missionary St. Junipero Serra will be among the figures removed from a prominent location near San Francisco City Hall after the city’s art commission unanimously voted to remove the statue March 5.
Oct 3, 2017 - 12:06 pm .- During the annual Red Mass marking a new term of the U.S. Supreme Court, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles said that early American missionaries should be honored among the founding fathers of the United States.
Aug 22, 2017 - 12:03 am .- A statue of St. Junipero Serra in a Los Angeles public park appeared to have been vandalized last week in a time of national debate about historical statues.
Sep 28, 2015 - 11:31 am .- Last week's Mass for the Canonization of Saint Junipero Serra, said by Pope Francis, proved to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for those who participated in it, and a reflection of the excitement for the Pope's mission.
Sep 23, 2015 - 03:42 pm .- Pope Francis made history Wednesday by performing the first-ever canonization on U.S. soil, of St. Junipero Serra.
Sep 4, 2015 - 06:07 am .- Pope Francis on Wednesday kissed and blessed a cross that was buried with Father Junipero Serra, the early California missionary whom he will canonize during his U.S. visit later this month.
Aug 6, 2015 - 12:04 am .- Blessed Junipero Serra’s love for the natives of California extended even to those who killed one of his friends and fellow missionaries, the Archbishop of Los Angeles has said in a summary of an early argument against the death penalty for a native Californian.
Jul 3, 2015 - 12:42 pm .- An effort to remove the statue of Bl. Junipero Serra from the U.S. Capitol has been set aside for the time being.
Jun 25, 2015 - 02:37 pm .- A statue of Franciscan missionary and saint-to-be Father Junipero Serra has stood in the U.S. Capitol since 1931, but its future may depend on an upcoming hearing in the California legislature and the success of a “Let's Save Serra” campaign.
May 3, 2015 - 05:02 pm .- Experts in California history, archeology and the life of Bl. Junipero Serra have praised him as a passionate missionary with a vision that extended far beyond his own generation.

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