Newly canonized saint Junipero Serra leaves divided Western legacy

A year before Junipero Serra was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1988, the California missions the Franciscan priest had founded in the 18th century exhumed his body and collected his left ulna. … “I think the reason Pope Francis picked Serra from history, sort of lifted him out of 300 years of history, dusted him off and made him a saint, [is]Serra is just an amazing figure for our times, our complicated, difficult, morally fraught times, where people have difficulty acting where they’re afraid of doing the wrong thing or the opposite — they don’t care at all,” said Gregory Orfalea, writer-in-residence at Westmont College in Santa Barbara and author of “Journey to the Sun,” a 2014 book about Serra and the California missions. more

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