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The Franciscan priest who founded the California Missions is due to be sainted by Pope Francis this fall, a move that has reignited the debate over his treatment of the native people who met the Spanish conquerors.

Historically, attainting sainthood requires the confirmation of two miracles performed by the candidate for canonization. But in the case of Father Serra, observes  Gregory Orfalea, author of the Serra biography, Journey to the Sun, that standard appears to have been relaxed somewhat.