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Caption: An image of Blessed Junipero Serra is seen as Pope Francis gives the homily while celebrating Mass at the Pontifical North American College in Rome May 2. It was the first papal visit to the U.S. seminary since 1980. (CNS/Paul Haring)
An image of Blessed Junipero Serra is seen as Pope Francis gives the homily while celebrating Mass at the Pontifical North American College in Rome May 2. It was the first papal visit to the U.S. seminary since 1980. (CNS/Paul Haring)
Pope defends Blessed Serra, prays for missionary zeal in Americas

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- People seem to enjoy finding the shortcomings of candidates for sainthood like Blessed Junipero Serra, but they should ask themselves if they would have his generosity and courage to leave everything behind to care for the poor and bring them the Gospel, Pope Francis said.

Visiting the Pontifical North American College, the U.S. seminary in Rome, Pope Francis insisted Blessed Serra fits into a host of saints who shaped the history and culture of the Americas, particularly by spreading Christianity, caring for the poor and defending the oppressed.
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Editors: Contents of Origins CNS Documentary Service, Vol. 45, No. 1 (May 7, 2015):

-- Jesuit Father Patrick J. Ryan of Fordham University explores Jewish, Christian and Islamic perspectives on poverty as a curse and as a blessing.

-- Even good regulations, policies and targets are unlikely to prove effective in dealing with climate change and the challenges of sustainable development, unless humanity undergoes a moral conversion and change of heart, Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, tells a Vatican-hosted workshop.

-- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon tells a Vatican conference on climate change that the leadership of the world religions is essential if there is to be development without destruction and a transformation of the world's economies.


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