Indian cardinal says he’s ‘pained’ over attacks on St. Junipero Serra

MUMBAI, India – India’s top prelate said felt “pained” over the controversy surrounding St. Junipero Serra. Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, the president of India’s bishops’ conference, celebrated Mass on the saint’s feast day on July 1. Serra was a Spanish missionary active in California, famous for founding nine missions in the then-Spanish territory. In recent years, Indigenous groups have attacked the saint – who died in 1784 – over allegations of maltreatment of the Native Americans at his missions.

Indian cardinal says he’s ‘pained’ over attacks on St. Junipero Serra

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