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Canonizing Blessed Serra is call to new evangelization, speakers say

ROME (CNS) -- Defining Blessed Junipero Serra as a "working-class missionary," Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez said the 18th-century Franciscan deserves to be made a saint and to have his record as a defender of native peoples made known. Pope Francis' announcement that he will canonize Blessed Serra in September "has opened old wounds and revived bitter memories about the treatment of Native Americans during the colonial and missionary period of America's history," the archbishop said. 

Pope defends Blessed Serra, prays for missionary zeal in Americas

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- People seem to enjoy finding the shortcomings of candidates for sainthood like Blessed Junipero Serra, but they should ask themselves if they would have his generosity and courage to leave everything behind to care for the poor and bring them the Gospel, Pope Francis said.

Pope says 'scandal' of inequality, fear of marriage must be addressed

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Two millennia after the "Gospel of the family" defeated an abusive social practice that humiliated women, the "radical equality" of spouses in Christian marriage must now bear "new fruit" in society, including "the right to equal pay for equal work," said Pope Francis.