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Controversial California missions founder Junipero Serra to become Saint




Mission San Antonio de Padua in Monterey County, CA has the statue of Father Junipero Serra outside.
Mission San Antonio de Padua in Monterey County, CA has the statue of Father Junipero Serra outside.
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The Catholic Church may have a new Saint to pray to. 

Pope Francis announced Thursday that he will canonize Father Junipero Serra, the founder of California's missions. The Pope said the canonization -- the formal elevation of a person to sainthood -- will take place in September when he visits the United States.

Junipero Serra is a controversial figure, though, for his role in evangelizing the West -- a process that some say began the decimation of the Native American population. 

For more, Stephen Hackel joined Take Two. He's a Professor of History at UC Riverside and the author of "Junípero Serra: California's Founding Father."