LOS ANGELES — An effort to remove the statue of Blessed Junipero Serra from the U.S. Capitol has been set aside for the time being.
A statue of Franciscan missionary and saint-to-be Father Junipero Serra has stood in the U.S. Capitol since 1931. However, a proposal in the state legislature would have removed it and replaced it with a statue of astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman to travel to space.
According to the Los Angeles Times, a vote on the proposal was postponed after the lawmaker who authored it, state Sen. Ricardo Lara, noted the timing of Pope Francis’ trip to the United States this fall, where he will formally declare Blessed Serra a saint. The senator has requested...READ MORE