Why Pope Francis' Canonization of Junipero Serra Is Controversial

Serra, a Franciscan monk who worked to evangelize the California coast during the 18th century, has been criticized for using coercive force and corporal punishment on Native Americans.
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The ceremonial ringing of the bells a mission San Juan Capistrano marking another day in a week long celebration of its founder. The missions preparing for the arrival of Pope Francis in the US and the canonization. Of fatherhood apparel Sarah this is the first canonization. Of a saint from the United States. In the United States. And so it's a great gift to buses as mission San Juan Capistrano today the mission opened a new exhibit called the legacy of saint Sarah. It pays tribute was life and work in the Catholic Church. The mission will send a delegation to Washington for the pope's visit. As will Jay Serra Catholic high school. It's amazing that during her life sciences can you seen this canonized and on US so Whelan. Distinction. Sixteen students from the school named after father Serra will be in the audience during the canonization celebration the students picked by administration. We'll also be there for the pope's historic address to congress. The like images would Jesus Christ on earth he's the leader of our church and is going to be so inspiring to see him instead just even being near him. His incredible. Not everyone feels the same native American rights groups continue to protest Sarah sainthood. Citing his treatment of the indigenous people. We'll slap in the face to our people. And it's a slap in the face or ancestors who who died at the hands of man lake when battles that are. More in San Juan Capistrano greatly ABC seven Eyewitness News.

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