Friday, June 21, 2013

Pope Clement XIV

Pope Clement XIV

"Franciscan friars first came to the west coast in 1769, with the arrival of Franciscan Friar Blessed Junipero Serra in California. Franciscans from Mexico and Spain continued Serra's work, establishing a total of 21 missions from San Diego to the San Francisco Bay region."

Pope Clement XIV was elected on 19 May 1769, after a conclave that had been heavily influenced by the political manoeuvres of the ambassadors of Catholic sovereigns who opposed to the Jesuits.

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