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Pope Francis elevated to sainthood, Celebrating his first mass on US soil

On Wednesday Pope Francis  elevated to sainthood a Franciscan friar who brought Christianity to California but left a controversial legacy among Native Americans whose culture was brutally suppressed in the process.
Celebrating his first mass on US soil, Francis canonized Junipero Serra before a sea of white-robed clergy gathered at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.

According to Yahoo News, Pope Francis praised the 18th-century missionary as “the embodiment of ‘a Church which goes forth,’ a Church which sets out to bring everywhere the reconciling tenderness of God,” according to a translation of his homily released by the Vatican.

 

Article Source: Yahoo News

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