Students visit Mallorca on Junipero Serra project

Statue of Junipero Serra in California

A TOTAL of eight university students from Baja California (Mexico) arrived on Monday (July 6) in Petra to see for themselves the home and museum dedicated Friar Junipero Serra.
The friar, who was born in the town in 1731, founded several churches throughout California and died in Monterey (US) in 1784.
The students, accompanied by the organisers of the project, Emilio Martinez and Catalina Font, visited the town council where they were welcomed by Mayor Salvador Femenias.
Until July 20, they will take part in different activities and will share their newly acquired knowledge back in their home country, as well as promoting the town and the island of Mallorca.
Junipero Serra Ferrer is to be canonised by Pope Francis next September, despite complaints voiced by indigenous Californians and Mallorca citizens, who launched a petition against the sanctification. Opponents claim that the friar was responsible for oppression, enslavement and genocide of thousands of Indigenous Californians.

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