Saint-to-be Not So Saintly? In the 1700s, soon-to-be saint Junípero Serra helped Spain colonize California by converting thousands of Native Americans to Catholicism. Many blame him for destroying the indigenous way of life.
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Saint-to-be Not So Saintly?

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Saint-to-be Not So Saintly?

Saint-to-be Not So Saintly?

Saint-to-be Not So Saintly?

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In the 1700s, soon-to-be saint Junípero Serra helped Spain colonize California by converting thousands of Native Americans to Catholicism. Many blame him for destroying the indigenous way of life.