San Francisco archbishop holds exorcism where protesters toppled Junipero Serra statue

San Francisco archbishop holds exorcism where protesters toppled Junipero Serra statue
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A Roman Catholic archbishop performed an exorcism in Northern California on Saturday morning at the site where racial injustice protesters toppled a statue of 18th-century Spanish missionary Junipero Serra days earlier.

Unlike in movies, real exorcisms are often solemn church rituals like Saturday’s, which was intended to drive out evil and defend Serra’s reputation.

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of the Archdiocese of San Francisco performed the ritual in front of about 150 supporters before celebrating a special Mass inside St. Raphael Catholic Church in San Raphael north of San Francisco.

Serra, who lived from 1713 to 1784 and was canonized by Pope Francis in 2015, is known as the father of the California mission system.

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