Pope to canonize Junipero Serra as saint while in US

SHARE Pope to canonize Junipero Serra as saint while in US
aafe34bc6c734b026b0f6a7067000d5b.jpg

Pope Francis, right, accompanied by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, left, archbishop of Manila, waves to Filipinos as he arrives Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Manila, Philippines. Ecstatic crowds greeted Pope Francis as he arrived Thursday in the Philippines, Asia’s most populous Catholic nation, for the first papal visit in 20 years. | Aaron Favila/AP Photo

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco says California Catholics are elated with the news that Pope Francis plans to canonize Franciscan missionary Junipero Serra.

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said Thursday in a video news release that Serra was “the great apostle here in California.”

Pope Francis announced Thursday he plans to canonize Serra when he visits the United States in September.

Serra established nine of California’s 21 Spanish missions, including Mission Dolores in San Francisco.

Cordileone says he is grateful to Pope Francis for recognizing Serra’s “great sanctity.”

The Franciscan missionary died in 1784 at a mission in Carmel. He is credited with bringing Christianity to the United States’ West.

The Latest
Nuevo programa de television de Choose Chicago reimagina los vecindarios de Chicago como destinos de viaje.
A Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives facility is the latest effort to disrupt violent crime in Chicago, where police have been taking 12,000 guns off the street every year.
Mr. Coleman led countless demonstrations in his six decades as an activist. He also headed the white arm of the Black Panther Party and founded the Heart of Uptown Coalition to bring services to poor people on the North Side.
Perez connects against Kopech with go-ahead blast in eighth as White Sox lose sixth in row
My dad shot and killed my sister and mom and left me with a gunshot wound. Law enforcement hadn’t removed a gun from his possession, even though his FOID card had been suspended.