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Fray Junipero Serra: Founder of California

Fray Junipero Serra, better known as Father Serra in Majorca, was a founder of the California missions in the eighteenth century. This Franciscan missionary born in Petra played a key role in the birth of the first civilized settlement that led to the founding of the State of California. In the United States is considered one of the American founding fathers and he is the only non-US born member present at the Capitol in Washington.

In 1988, Pope John Paul II beatified Father Junipero Serra in recognition of his work of evangelization in California and its influence on the history of the United States.

This year marks the third anniversary of his birth on November 24, 1713 in Majorca. The Balearic Government has launched a cultural project that aims nationally and internationally the cultural identity of Majorca and the Balearic Islands in relation with Father Junipero Serra. Among the activities, highlight the screening of the documentary "Conexión Junípero, los enigmas del padre Serra" (Junipero connection, the riddles of Father Serra), films related to California, commemorative concerts by the Symphony Orchestra of the Balearic Islands, a series of four concerts of ancient music in some of the most popular churches in Palma de Mallorca, exhibitions, guided tours, and so on.

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