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Serra's canonization outrages Native Americans

WASHINGTON When Pope Francis canonizes 18th-century missionary Junipero Serra as a saint Wednesday in Washington, he will give Hispanic-Americans a saint of their own and put a halo on one of the most controversial figures in California's Native American history.

The pontiff arrived in Washington on Tuesday afternoon and was greeted at the airport at Joint Base Andrews, Md., by a beaming President Barack Obama and the first family.

In addition to meetings Wednesday with Obama and an unprecedented address Thursday to a joint session of Congress, the pope's Mass on Wednesday finalizing the sainthood of Serra is a major part of his message to America.