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Statue of Controversial Saint Decapitated in California

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    Statue of Controversial Saint Decapitated in California
    A statue of Saint Junipero Serra was decapitated Thursday at Lower Presidio Park in Monterey.

    A statue of Saint Junipero Serra was decapitated Thursday, California officials said. 

    The statue was placed at Lower Presidio Park in Monterey in 1891.

    This is the third statue of Serra that has been defaced since Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. to canonize the controversial Saint. Another statue of Serra was vandalized in September at the church where he is buried in Northern California, according to church officials.

    Serra's canonization was not without controversy — some Native Americans say California's missions, which Serra helped found, cut their ancestors off from their traditional languages and cultures and enslaved those who converted to Christianity.