Not Everyone in San Juan Capistrano is Celebrating Father Serra's Canonization Today

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Pope Francis is canonizing Father Junipero Serra during a Mass in Washington, D.C., and to mark the occasion there was a bell ringing at 9 a.m., another coming at noon and a canonization Mass in the Great Stone Church Ruins at Mission San Juan Capistrano.

American Indians are also marking the sainthood of the 18th-century Spanish Franciscan priest, but in a much different way.

Apologize for This: Mission founder Junipero Serra brought death and destruction to Californias natives. Now hes one step away from sainthood

Jose Ignacia Rivera, a historian, anthropologist and author of Father Serra and the Skeletons of Genocide, explains in the following video:

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