On St. Junípero Serra's feast day, we're looking back at coverage of the 18th-century Spanish Franciscan missionary whom Pope Francis canonized in Washington, D.C. on September 23, 2015 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. It was the first canonization on U.S. soil, and Junipero's path to sainthood was not without dispute. Following is a collection of articles written by NCR about the saint and controversy surrounding his sainthood.
A statue of St. Junipero Serra sits among flowers outside San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission in Carmel, Calif. The Spanish missionary was canonized by Pope Francis last year under the title of "apostle of California." St. Junipero's feast is July 1. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)
September 23, 2015