Father Kino’s California comeback

Mar 13, 2018 205

BY: Carl Kozlowski

When it comes to the evangelization of California, Father Junípero Serra certainly gets his fair share of attention for founding nine Spanish missions across California in the 1700s, winning over Native American converts, and leaving a legacy of faith that’s lasted more than two centuries. Thus it came as no surprise that Pope Francis granted the Franciscan friar the posthumous title of “Apostle of California” when he canonized him a saint during his 2015 visit to the U.S.

Yet many have forgotten the work of another great missionary named Eusebio Kino, an Italian Jesuit who traversed California in the decades prior to Serra’s birth and worked with the indigenous Native American population to attend to their basic needs, including developing water sources in the desert. The new documentary “Viva Kino!”, which starts a one-week run today at Hollywood’s Arena Cinelounge that will conclude with a March 15 red-carpet celebration for director Lia Beltrami and producer Andrea Morghen, shines a light on this oft-overlooked harvester of souls.

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SOURCE: https://angelusnews.com/

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