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On his visit to Washington in September, Pope Francis plans to canonize Father Junípero Serra, who founded the missions of California. Some Native Americans are outraged, because their ancestors were brutalized by Spanish Catholics in the enclaves Serra established up and down the state. We hear both sides of an argument over religion and colonial history.

Also, the Disneyland measles epidemic was fueled by a low rate of vaccinations. Now California legislators want to ban exemptions -- except for medical reasons. The first vote is scheduled tomorrow.

Photo: Junípero Serra statue at Mission Santa Inés (Ken Figlioli)

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Katie Cooper

Vaccine Exemption Ban Bill Begins Its Legislative Battle 6 MIN, 54 SEC

To prevent an infectious disease from traveling takes a vaccination rate of 95%. The measles epidemic that started at Disneyland spread in areas where the rate was short of 50%. California is one of 20 states allowing exemptions from vaccinations for personal beliefs. Now some legislators are trying to change that. Democrat Richard Pan of Sacramento is a doctor and a lead author of Senate Bill 277.

Guests:
Richard Pan, California State Senate (@DrPanMD)

Was Father Serra a Saint or a Sinner? 16 MIN, 52 SEC

Pope Frances has praised Father Junípero Serra as "the evangelizer of the West." On his September visit to Washington, the Pope plans to canonize the priest who founded California's mission system. California has two statues in the Capitol Building: Ronald Reagan's and Serra's. But some Native Americans say Father Serra was anything but a saint, and there were protests during this week's Easter celebration at the Carmel Mission, where his remains are buried.

Guests:
Julia Sulek, San Jose Mercury-News (@juliasulek)
Andrew Galvan, Mission Dolores (@oldmissionsfca)
Louise Miranda-Ramirez, Ohlone Costanoan Esselen Nation

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