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More than a year after a 19th-century priest’s statues were vandalized, Los Angeles is cleaning the name of Catholic saint and missionary, Junipero Serra, from downtown Los Angeles Park.

Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that La Plaza Park, then known as Father Serra Park, would be renamed and “indigenous cultural” to give priority to “local indigenous communities in the park for the practice of traditional ceremonies”. Comfort” will be created.


The archbishop of San Francisco has a practice of exorcism, where demonstrators topple a statue of Junipero Serra

Mayor Eric Garcetti said, “Los Angeles is a city of belonging that takes responsibility for the mistakes made in the past.” “Our indigenous brothers and sisters deserve justice and today we take a step toward providing both greater cultural sensitivity and space for Angelenos to gather and perform their traditional ceremonies.”

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The press release states that the city will remove the name of Sant Junipero Serra from a part of the park and refer to it as La Plaza Park until a new name is adopted.

Garcetti formed a “citizen memory” working group in 2019 to suggest how the liberal city can “engage” with its past. But while the group was working, Left activists took matters into their own hands and burst down Statue of Sera in 2020. Another statue of Serra was also vandalized in Sacramento.

Serra, who lived from 1713 to 1784 and was canonized by Pope Francis in 2015, is seen as the father of the California missionary effort.

Serra has been heralded as bringing Christianity to the Western Americas and aiding in the conversions of many Native Americans. While canonizing Sera at large in Washington DC in 2015, Pope Francis outright rejected claims that Sera was involved in mistreatment of Native Americans.

“He learned how to take birth and nurture the life of God in everyone’s face; he made them his brother and sister,” he said. “Junipero tried to protect the dignity of the native community, to protect it from those who had been abused and abused.”

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill last month Which allows the statue of Serra in another park in the Blue State to be replaced with a monument in honor of Native American tribes.