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A stained-glass window depicting Father Junipero Serra in the Basilica Parish in Mission Dolores. Talia Herman for NPR hide caption

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Savior Or Villain? The Complicated Story Of Pope Francis' Next Saint

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Pope Francis will canonize Junipero Serra this fall. This weekend, the pope met with rector of the Pontifical North American College James F. Checchio (left), Cardinal Marc Ouellet (right) and Joseph Edward Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Andrew Medichini/AP hide caption

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