Pope Francis to make Franciscan missionary a saint during US trip

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Oil painting of Father Junípero Serra from the 1700s.

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(RNS) Pope Francis said Thursday (Jan. 15) he plans to canonize 18th-century Franciscan missionary Junipero Serra during the papal visit to the U.S. in September, an indication that the pontiff may be mulling a stop near the U.S.-Mexico border.