Statue of Pope Francis’ new saint could be kicked out of US capitol

by Kevin J. Jones  |  published on February 10, 2015

Just weeks after Pope Francis announced his intention to canonize missionary Father Junipero Serra during his upcoming visit to the states, a California legislator has proposed replacing the soon-to-be-saint’s statue in the U.S. Capitol – but critics of the move are beginning to speak out.

“I certainly wouldn’t endorse it,” Monsignor Francis J. Weber, an author and historian of 18th century missionary, told CNA Feb. 6.

Father Serra helped establish the California missions, many of which became the centers of major cities like San Diego. In recent weeks, however, California State Sen. Ricardo Lara has proposed that the priest’s statue be replaced with a less “controversial” figure.

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