Junipero Serra

Stanford University Changes Address to Dump Junipero Serra

Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, has dumped the name of St. Junipero Serra, the 18th century missionary who helped colonize California, from its campus, which will require the university to change its official street address.

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Junipero Serra Statue Beheaded at Old Mission in Santa Barbara

The Junípero Serra statue that stands at the base of the staircase leading into the Old Santa Barbara Mission was beheaded and defaced with bright red paint in the early morning hours of this past Monday. It was the second attack on a

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Missing Junipero Serra Statue Head Recovered

The decapitated head of a statue of 18th century Roman Catholic missionary St. Junipero Serra, which went missing this past October, was discovered by a young girl during low tide Saturday afternoon, just off the coast of Monterey.

Junipero Serra (Reuters)

Vandals Deface Junipero Serra Mission

On Monday morning, red paint was found splattered on the door of the Santa Cruz Mission, with graffiti accusing Father Junipero Serra of genocide painted on the walls.

Santa Cruz Mission vandalized (Bianca Beltrán / KSBW 8 / Facebook)

Junipero Serra: Left Leaves Native, Black Latinos Behind for Pope Francis

The canonization of Fray Junipero Serra should have been a rallying cry for the Left. Pope Francis has given America its first saint–a man who dedicated his life to bringing Christianity to the native peoples of California. Many Native Americans see Serra as a conquerer who used violence to impose a religion. They have, selectively, spoken up, but the silence on the part of mainstream left media and white liberals is deafening.

Statue of Father Serra in DC

To Dismay of the Left, Pope Francis Canonizes ‘Father of California’

On Wednesday afternoon, Pope Francis canonized Father Junípero Serra, a Franciscan friar who founded a chain of Catholic missions up and down the coast of California, each of which would become a major Californian city, such as San Diego, Santa Clara. and San Francisco.

Statue of Father Serra in DC

California Celebrates Pope Francis from Afar

Central San Joaquin Valley faith leaders and families, thrilled that Pope Francis will visit the United States next Tuesday, have launched celebrations in anticipation of the event.

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Jerry Brown: Keep Junipero Serra Statue in U.S. Capitol

This week, Gov. Jerry Brown, who was once a Jesuit seminarian, asserted that he will block California legislators from attempting to replace the statue of Father Junípero Serra in the National Statuary Hall Collection on Capitol Hill with a statue of astronaut Sally Ride.

Junipero Serra Capitol Rotunda (Jim Watson / AFP / Getty)

Gov. Brown Wants Papal Climate Change Support–While Dumping Junipero Serra

California Governor Jerry Brown will take his utopian foreign policy to the Vatican to participate this week in an environmental summit hosted by Pope Francis. Despite California’s majority Democrats’ intention to banish celebrations of Catholic missionary Father Junipero Serra’s accomplishments, Brown will carry a state resolution supporting Pope Francis’ recent draft “Encyclical on Climate Change.”

Junipero Serra (Reuters)

CA Assembly Committee Votes to Replace Junipero Serra Statue with Sally Ride

On Tuesday, the Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media, a California State Assembly committee, approved Senate Joint Resolution 4, a bill endorsing the replacement of the statue of Father Junipero Serra in the National Statuary Hall Collection on Capitol Hill with a statue of astronaut Sally Ride.

Serra Sally Ride (Breitbart / Associated Press)

Pope Francis: Junipero Serra ‘One of the Founding Fathers of the United States’

On Saturday, Pope Francis, doubling down on the Vatican’s decision to canonize controversial Father Junipero Serra next September. Francis delivered a homily to an audience at Rome’s American seminary, the Pontifical North American College, in which he said that Serra was “one of the founding fathers of the United States.”

Junipero Serra (Reuters)

California State Senate Votes to Replace Serra Statue with Sally Ride

A largely partisan state Senate debate between Democrats and Republicans ended Monday with a decision to replace the statue of Father Junipero Serra in Washington, D.C.’s National Statuary Hall Collection with a statue of NASA astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman in space and an acknowledged lesbian. The resolution needed 21 votes to pass; the final tally was 22-10.

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Battle over Junipero Serra Canonization Heats Up

Parishioners praying Sunday Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday were confronted by one dozen demonstrators protesting the Pope’s decision to canonize Father Junipero Serra.

Junipero Serra (Reuters)

Francis to Canonize Junipero Serra; Hero or Villain?

The question of whether to canonize or not to canonize Father Junipero Serra has raged now that Pope Francis has decided to nominate Serra for sainthood. The dichotomy among Californians triggered by Serra’s nomination springs from significantly different viewpoints.

Junipero Serra (Reuters)

Pope to Canonize California’s ‘Founding Father’

In a surprise announcement on his plane trip to Manila Thursday, Pope Francis said that he is planning to canonize the founder of California’s first missions and the father of the California wine industry when he visits the US next fall.