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Should Junípero Serra be considered a saint?




A statue at Old Mission Santa Barbara depicts Franciscan missionary Junípero Serra.
A statue at Old Mission Santa Barbara depicts Franciscan missionary Junípero Serra.
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The Catholic Church wants to make Junípero Serra, the controversial Spanish Franciscan friar who was a driving force behind the California missions, a saint.

Ruben Mendoza, a professor of archaeology at Cal State University Monterey Bay and Joely Proudfit, director of the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center at California State University, San Marcos debate Serra's sainthood.