Posts Tagged ‘Native Americans’

Pope declares controversial Junipero Serra a saint Comments 0

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Pope Francis has declared controversial Franciscan missionary Junipero Serra a saint, in a move which has drawn criticism from Native Americans. At a Mass outside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, on September 23, Serra became the first saint canonised on US soil. The Pope praised Serra’s treatment Read more

Native Americans oppose Junipero Serra canonisation Comments 0

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Native Americans are voicing their opposition to the canonisation of Blessed Junipero Serra, which the Pope plans to do on September 23. A Spanish Franciscan, Blessed Serra introduced Christianity to much of California as he marched north with Spanish conquistadors in the 18th century. Many Native Americans, though, say Blessed Serra and other missionaries helped Read more