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Pope Francis wants to canonize Mallorcan missionary

The missionary Junípero Serra was beatified in 1988. He is regarded as the founder of many US cities in California.

Born in the island town of Petra the Franciscan monk is regarded as the founder of US cities in California. Junípero Serra (1713-1784) belonged to the Franciscan Order like the Pope. In 1749 he arrived in Mexico, which at that time was under the Spanish crown. There the priest was commissioned to establish mission stations on the West Coast. From these stations later US cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Bernardino, San Fernando came up. The Pope plans to visit the United States in September. On this occasion he wants to canonize Junípero Serra. The Mallorcan clergy was beatified in 1988.

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