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MISSION BASILICA SAN DIEGO DE ALCALÁ

Founded by Saint Junípero Serra in 1769, this was California’s first mission. Serra encouraged Native Americans to live here, exchanging work in the fields for religious instruction. Harassment by soldiers and lack of water supplies caused the mission to be moved from its original location in Old Town to this site. In 1976, Pope Paul VI bestowed the mission with the status of minor basilica. In 2015, Pope Francis canonized Junípero Serra, the first such ceremony to be ...

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