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Junípero Serra

Pope Francis and the Rebranding of Catholicism

Michele Somerville | Posted 10.02.2015 | Religion
Michele Somerville

As a Catholic who observed closely the resignation of the emeritus pope and elevation of Jorge Bergoglio, in March of 2013, with hope and some suspicion, I find myself vexed by the profuse adulation Pope Francis I received during his visit to the United States.

Statue Of New Saint Canonized By Pope Francis Vandalized In California

Reuters | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.29.2015 | Religion

Vandals in California toppled a statue of Junipero Serra, who was canonized last week by Pope Francis, and threw paint on tombstones and walls at the...

The Pope's Hypocritical Stance Towards Indigenous Americans Opens New Wounds: An Open Letter

Rev. Dr. Randy S. Woodley | Posted 09.27.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Randy S. Woodley

Pope Francis, you are likely a wonderful person but you apparently have little sense of justice when it comes to the marginalized and still disenfranchised Indigenous peoples of America.

Saint Junipero Serra: A Second Thought

Mark I. Pinsky | Posted 09.25.2015 | Religion
Mark I. Pinsky

In canonizing Father Junipero Serra in Washington, D.C. on September 23, Pope Francis signaled that the Vatican believes the founder of the California mission system did his best for Native Americans. Serra's defenders say it is unfair to judge the 18th century Franciscan missionary by contemporary standards.

Pope Francis Canonizes Junipero Serra, Controversial Franciscan Missionary, As The Newest Catholic Saint

The Huffington Post | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 09.24.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON — Pope Francis on Wednesday canonized Junipero Serra, an 18th-century Spanish Franciscan priest who created the first Catholic missio...

Native Americans Decry Sainthood For California's Iconic Missionary

The Huffington Post | Julian Brave Noisecat | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion

On Wednesday, Junípero Serra, the architect of the California mission system that converted 81,000 Native Americans to Christianity in th...

Pope Francis Will Celebrate Mass In Spanish During His Trip to Washington, D.C.

Religion News Service / USA Today | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.03.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON —  When Pope Francis celebrates a canonization Mass at for a Spanish-American missionary later this month, h...

Pope's Apology For Imperialism Foreshadows Upcoming Canonization Of Junipero Serra

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.10.2015 | Religion

(RNS) If Pope Francis’ powerful denunciation of the global economic system was the heart of his talk to Bolivians on Thursday (July 9), hi...

Pope Francis Speaks Up for the Earth and Indigenous Peoples So How Can He Canonize Serra?

Matthew Fox | Posted 06.25.2015 | Religion
Matthew Fox

I read Pope Francis' eco-encyclical with profound hope that it will effect a turning point in the global understanding of the impact of climate change on our Mother Earth.

A Patron Saint for Colonizers and Racists?

Matthew Fox | Posted 06.11.2015 | Religion
Matthew Fox

It is sad that a reforming pope who has actively sought the perspectives of the faithful would be so blind to the history of indigenous peoples on two continents, and deaf to the protests of indigenous and non-indigenous Christians alike.

The Vatican Fast-Tracked Controversial Spanish Priest's Claims To Sainthood

The Associated Press | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's saint-making office has officially given its thumbs up for the Rev. Junipero Serra to be declared a saint — four...

Jenni Olson's New Film 'The Royal Road'

Renate Stendhal, Ph.D. | Posted 05.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Renate Stendhal, Ph.D.

The 65 minutes long work is a poetic essay and a double love story. there is the filmmaker's love for San Francisco, a city where all one's special and beloved places "are disappearing before your eyes," and there is her love for women -- women who are almost too beautiful to be looked at, who are adored, courted, pursued, but remain elusive.

Pope Francis Doesn't Seem Bothered By Controversy Over Spanish Priest's Upcoming Canonization

Religion News Service | Rosie Scammell | Posted 05.03.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Despite growing resistance from some Native Americans and U.S. Catholics, the Vatican on Saturday (May 2) will host an event to cel...

Vatican Defends Canonization Of Controversial Evangelizer

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 06.20.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is mounting a campaign to defend an 18th century Franciscan missionary who will be canonized by Pope Francis in the ...

Junipero Serra: Saint Or Sinner?

The Associated Press | GILLIAN FLACCUS | Posted 02.09.2015 | Religion

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (AP) — California's history can't be told without Junipero Serra, the 18th-century Franciscan missionary who introduced ...

5 Hispanic Leaders That Everyone Should Know

VOXXI | Veronique de Miguel | Posted 10.15.2013 | Latino Voices

Today, we tend to get lost in the hustle and bustle of our own immediate existence. We focus on our families, careers and bank accounts and forget abo...

5 Hispanic Activists And Leaders Who Paved The Way

VOXXI | Veronique de Miguel | Posted 07.28.2014 | Latino Voices

Today, we tend to get lost in the hustle and bustle of our own immediate existence. We focus on our families, careers and bank accounts and forget abo...