Junipero Serra statue vandalized in park across from Mission San Fernando

Monument was spray-painted and the word “murder” written on saint's likeness

Several people stopped by a statue of Father Junipero Serra in a park across from Mission San Fernando on Thursday after a photo made the rounds on social media appearing to show the statue had been vandalized. A picture circulating Facebook showed the statue spray-painted red and the word “murder” written on Serra in white. While city officials would not confirm the … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: missionary was “a founding father of the United States”

The following comes from a May 2 LA Times article by Harriet Ryan: Pope Francis weighed in on a thorny topic in California history Saturday when he spoke at length at a Rome Mass about Father Junipero Serra, the controversial California mission founder set to become America's first Latino saint later this year. Addressing an audience that included many American priests, … [Read more...]

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How much did Sally Ride contribute to California history?

The following comes from an April 26 Catholic Exchange article by Karl Keating of Catholic Answers: Saturday’s lead editorial in our local newspaper, the San Diego Union-Tribune, was titled “Who Should Represent California: Father Serra or Sally Ride?” It was Junipero Serra (1713–1784) who planted the first California mission, here in San Diego, in 1769. That marked the … [Read more...]