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Pope Francis to Canonize Father Junípero Serra
Uploaded: Jan 15, 2015
and other sources are reporting that Pope Francis has announced he is planning to canonize the eigthteenth-century Spanish missionary Junípero Serra
during his September visit to the U.S. This isn't a surprise to anyone who has been following Serra's journey to sainthood. For years his supporters have been gathering evidence of miracles that may have resulted from prayer to Serra, who died in Carmel in 1784. The surprise is that it's happening so soon. No new miracles have been presented to the Vatican; according to the Reuters story, the Pope decided to waive the requirement and canonize Serra based on his reputation as a "great evangelizer."
For the time being the Pope's U.S. itinerary only includes stops on the East Coast, but it is hard to believe he could canonize Serra anywhere but California. The last papal visit to California occurred in 1987, when Pope John Paul visited Carmel to elevate Serra to the status of "Blessed" (one rung below Saint). The site where Serra's remains are buried, Mission San Carlos Borromeo, consequently became a Basilica.
Will Francis, the so-called Hippie Pope
, find his way to California? One sign to watch is whether he trades in the Popemobile for a VW Bus...
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