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Junipero Serra

Amah Mutsun’s Letter to Pope Francis

Valentin Lopez, Chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band of Costanoan/Ohlone Indians, wrote a poignant letter to Pope Francis sharing a Native perspective on why Junipero Serra should not be named a Saint. February 24, 2015 Re: Open Letter to Pope Francis, Your Holiness, Pope Francis, My name is Valentin Lopez and I am the Chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band. Our historic and continuous Tribe is comprised of the d...
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COMMON AND INSTITUTIONAL SAINTS

COMMON AND INSTITUTIONAL SAINTS Written by Ursula K. Le Guin Reading about the imminent canonization of Junipero Serra I want to tear my hair and shout at the Catholic Church and its clever pope, “How can you call this religious conquistador, this cruel bigot, this terrible man, a saint?” Maybe I can calm down by considering what the word “saint” means. In daily life, in ordinary speech, a saint is a notably kind, pa...
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Native Reflections on the News of Junipero Serra’s Canonization

The California Indian community in recent days has shared a multitude of expression regarding Pope Francis’ decision made on January 15th, 2015 to make a saint of Junipero Serra, the founder of the California Mission System. We continue to be amazed by the thought, intelligence, grace and dignity by those in Native California who continue to speak out and share their reflections through social media, Facebook p...
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