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Holy saint or a cruel conqueror?

Pope Francis will canonize Junipero Serra on September 23 in Washington, DC. The 18th-century Spanish Franciscan missionary was either a missionary who cared for the natives who converted or a conquerer who forced people to abandon their beliefs and way of life.

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Monacan Chief Sharon Bryant has died

The first woman chief of the Monacan Indian nation, Sharon Bryant, an Episcopalian lay minister who had begun the journey towards priesthood, has died of cancer just after celebrating her 54th birthday.

The Lynchburg News & Advance in Virginia announced her passing:

A lifelong resident of Amherst County, Bryant was elected chief in 2011.

During her tenure, she served as a strong advocate for the Monacan tribe and continuously pushed for federal recognition of the tribe’s indigenous status.

The paper had published a feature […]

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