Pope says Serra canonisation in Washington; no California visit

January 19, 2015 8:10 PM

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Pope says Serra canonisation in Washington; no California visit

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE, an 19 (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Monday his U.S. trip in September will be limited to Washington, New York and Philadelphia and he will not go to California to canonise Junipero Serra, the 18th-century Spanish Franciscan priest who founded missions there.

Francis listed those cities in answer to a question during an hour-long, freewheeling news conference with reporters on the plane returning to Rome at the end of a trip to Sri Lanka and the Philippines.

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