Sep 5, 2015 1:23 PM by News Staff
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pope Francis' apology for the Roman Catholic Church's crimes against indigenous peoples has not softened opposition among some California Native Americans to his decision to canonize 18th-century Franciscan missionary Junipero Serra.
Serra is extolled by the Vatican as a great evangelizer, but denounced by some tribal officials as a destroyer of Native culture.
Some Native Americans say the pope's apology is not a real reckoning with the church's history of abusing Native Americans. Others say it is meaningless if the pope doesn't halt the canonization of Serra on Sept. 23 at Washington's National Shrine.
The Vatican has defended Serra as someone who protected Native Americans from colonial officials.
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