Statue of Fr. Junipero Serra at Mission San Juan Bautista. Photo by Frank Perez.

11th Hour Efforts Bid to Halt Fr. Junipero Serra’s Canonization

With its sixth letter written to Pope Francis and two scheduled press conferences, the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band is hoping that the Catholic Church will jettison Serra's seemingly inevitable sainthood

Invocations from Day of Prayer Event Oppose Fr. Junipero Serra’s canonization

At all-day event held in San Juan on July 11, the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band and its supporters called upon others to join them in exposing the "truth" behind Serra and his road to sainthood

Flier announcing the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band's Day of Prayer.

Amah Mutsun Tribal Band to hold event opposing Fr. Junipero Serra’s canonization

On Saturday, July 11, the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band will hold a Day of Prayer in San Juan Bautista opposing Serra's canonization.

Val (Valentin) Lopez making a speech before a U.N. body. Courtesy of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Opposing the canonization of Father Junipero Serra on the world stage

As Father Junipero Serra's canonization draws near, a representative from the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band travels to the United Nations to oppose it.

The indigenous cemetery at the Carmel Mission.

COMMENTARY: The Catholic Church and Genocide

Pope Francis recognizes a genocide, while two former Church leaders await canonization despite their complicity in acts of genocide.