Nun Dies During Legal Dispute With Singer Katy Perry

Disputes come in all varieties and sometimes end very tragically. For example, a nun who was involved in a legal case with pop star Katy Perry has died after collapsing during a court appearance in Los Angeles.

Sister Catherine Rose Holzman, 89, had served the church “with dedication and love for many years”, Archbishop Jose Gomez said. Just hours before her death, she spoke to KTTV, decrying a judge’s ruling that cleared the way for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to sell the convent to Perry.

“To Katy Perry, please stop,” Holzman said. “It’s not doing anyone any good except hurting a lot of people.”

The pop singer sought to buy the eight-acre property and its Roman-villa style buildings for $14.5m (£10.5m). Perry’s efforts to buy the aging hilltop home were frustrated when the nuns tried to sell the convent to a local entrepreneur to turn into a boutique hotel, but a judge ruled in 2016 that the sale was invalid. The Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary have owned the property for more than 40 years, but they have not lived in the convent for several years.

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Nun involved in legal dispute with Katy Perry over Los Angeles convent dies