Controversy in the US as Pope canonises Californian missionary

On his first visit to the US Pope Francis has canonised Junípero Serra, a Spanish missionary who brought Christianity to California, founding churches in places like San Diego to convert the local population.

The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington DC.

The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington DC. Image by Shubert Ciencia / CC BY 2.0

The ceremony took place at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington and wasn’t without controversy. Many Native Americans see Serra as being part of the European influx that was instrumental in the destruction of their culture and which, through introduced diseases, led to the deaths of tens of thousands. The pope’s visit to the US continues with a visit to New York. Read more: news.yahoo.com

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