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The Pope Strikes a Blow for San Francisco

mstrauss Wrote: Aug 01, 2012 8:18 PM
When San Franciscans refer to "the Mission", they mean the district called The Mission. I remember it well from when I lived there many years ago, not in the Mission District but in Haight Ashbury (before Hippies) and the Marina. Lots of nice Italian families there, among others. That was before we thought about homosexuality much.

To find the heart of San Francisco, you need to head south of Market Street, not to the Castro District teeming with people who very publicly define themselves by the perverse acts in which they engage, but to the Mission District.

Here is where the most beautiful of American cities was founded -- not by 49ers, beatniks, hippies or homosexuals, but by devout and dedicated Spanish Franciscans who crossed half the world to bring their faith to a new land.

Mission Dolores is not just the heart of San Francisco, she symbolizes its soul. The Franciscans founded the mission...