Posts Tagged ‘St Junipero Serra’

Who is St Junipero Serra and why are California protesters toppling his statues?

Thursday, June 25th, 2020
Junipero Serra

As protesters on Friday toppled a statue of Father Junipero Serra in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, leaders of another California city had already announced plans to remove a statue of the Catholic saint near their city hall. And by Saturday afternoon another Serra statue was toppled at Placita Olvera in downtown Los Angeles. “Pull Read more

Toppling statues of St Junipero Serra disrespects history

Thursday, June 25th, 2020

The Catholic bishops of California have defended Saint Junipero Serra after statues of the saint were torn down both in San Francisco and Los Angeles. He was “ahead of his time” in defending the rights of indigenous peoples,” they say. Those who called for statues of him to be removed or torn down “failed the Read more

St. Junipero Serra statue torn down in San Francisco Park

Monday, June 22nd, 2020

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. The statues were torn down Friday evening from Golden Gate Park, by a group of about 100 people. During the eighteenth century, the saint founded nine Catholic missions Read more

Five controversial saints in the making

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

The controversy stirred up by the canonisation of St Junípero Serra is still raging in America. It’s a reminder that with social media and modern communications there is ever greater accessibility to the “human” side of contemporary saints. In some cases the hostility is between those responsible for a particular Cause. Here are five of the more Read more

St Junipero Serra statue vandalised at California mission

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Days after St Junipero Serra was canonised by Pope Francis, a statue of him has been defaced in California in what local police say is a hate crime. The vandalism of the statue of St Junipero at Carmel Mission, where he is buried, came three days after the canonisation in Washington, DC. Vandals damaged statues, Read more