Pope Francis to make Franciscan missionary a saint during US trip

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(RNS) Pope Francis said Thursday (Jan. 15) that he plans to canonize the 18th-century Franciscan missionary Junipero Serra when he visits the U.S. in September, an indication that the pontiff may be mulling a stop near the U.S.-Mexico border on what was projected to be an East Coast tour.

“In September, God willing, I will canonize Junipero Serra in the United States, who was the evangelizer of the West of the United States,” he told reporters aboard the plane taking him from Sri Lanka to Manila on the second leg of his Asian tour.


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