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Canonization doesn't mean Junipero Serra was perfect, experts say

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Blessed Junipero Serra is being canonized because he was holy, not because he was perfect, said a team of experts on the life and ministry of the 18th-century Spanish missionary.

Although he is a historian, not a theologian, Robert Senkewicz said: "My sense is that people are not canonized because they are perfect -- otherwise, presumably, St. Peter would never have been canonized. They are canonized because they made a commitment which, on balance, had more good than non-good associated with it."

Bishop Thomas Connolly, retired bishop of Baker, Ore., dies at 92

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Bishop Thomas J. Connolly, longtime spiritual leader of diocese of Baker, Ore., died Friday at age 92. He had lived at Maryville Nursing Home since 2011.

Over the years, Connolly took to horseback to help ranchers bring cattle to winter pasture. He drove between 30,000 and 35,000 miles per year in his spread-out diocese in eastern Oregon.

"Give it all you've got," the bishop said of priesthood in 2007. "By its essential nature, priesthood is a marvelous vocation. God is good and so are the people."

Utah bishop John Wester named to head Santa Fe archdiocese

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Pope Francis has accepted the retirement of Archbishop Michael Sheehan of Santa Fe, N.M., and named Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City to succeed him.

Sheehan, who has headed the Santa Fe archdiocese since 1993, turned 75 last year, the age at which bishops are required under canon law to submit their resignations to the pope.

A San Francisco native, Wester, 64, has headed the Salt Lake City diocese, which encompasses the entire state of Utah, since 2007.

Bishops who are named to head archdioceses immediately assume the title of archbishop.

Radio Veritas Asia's acclaimed Vietnamese communicator remembered for a life of service

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Vietnamese Msgr. Pietro Nguyen Van Tai will be remembered as a successful communicator who spent all life serving the church in Asia for decades.

Tai died of abdomen cancer Tuesday at age 67 in a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. His funeral Mass was scheduled for Friday at the Assumption Cathedral of his native Vinh Long diocese.

He was considered the cornerstone or one of the pillars of Radio Veritas Asia, the 45-year-old continental short-wave radio station owned and operated by the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conference in Manila, Philippines.

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