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September 18, 2015
A visitor kneels in front of the Blessed Junipero Serra's grave at the altar inside the Carmel Mission...
Carmel, UNITED STATES
Wider Image: Pope To Canonise Friar Serra
A visitor kneels in front of the Blessed Junipero Serra's grave at the altar inside the Carmel Mission Basilica in Carmel, California, September 15, 2015. Pope Francis will declare Friar Junipero Serra a saint at a Mass celebrated at the National Shrine in Washington on September 23 during the pontiff’s first visit to the United States. The Franciscan friar from Spain built a series of missions along the Pacific coast in the 18th century, in what is now California, to spread the faith among Native Americans. His advocates say he supported the Indians, introducing cattle and crops to their land. The Vatican has defended Serra against accusations that, as part of the Spanish colonial system, he suppressed Native Americans. Serra’s resting place is inside the Basilica at the Carmel Mission south of San Francisco. REUTERS/Michael Fiala TPX IMAGES OF THE DAYPICTURE 35 OF 35 FOR WIDER IMAGE STORY "POPE TO CANONISE FRIAR SERRA". SEARCH "SERRA NATIVE" FOR ALL IMAGES
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