Nun fighting sale of convent to Katy Perry dies in court

Sister Catherine Rose Holzman 89 is shown during an older court proceeding alongside the property she is in a battle with the L.A. archdiocese and Katy Perry over

One of the nuns involved in a legal battle with the Los Angeles Archdiocese and singer Katy Perry over the sale of a Los Feliz property died Friday in court. There apparently were 2 buyers who wanted the property badly - Katy and a restaurant owner named Dana Hollister. The L.A. archdiocese subsequently sued her, saying the sisters didn't have the authority to sell the convent. Perry spent more than $2 million in legal fees fighting the small group of elderly nuns, according to Curbed LA. Hollister told The Hollywood Reporter that Perry was going all the way to the top by "using back channels in Rome to appeal to the Vatican and Pope Francis with her $30 million offer".

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez says Sister Catherine Rose Holzman died Friday. "Sister Catherine Rose served the Church with dedication and love for many years and today we remember her life with gratitude. It's not doing anyone any good except hurting a lot of people", she said.

In 2016, a judge ruled against the nuns declaring the $15.5 million sale to Hollister invalid and ordered her to pay the the Archdiocese and Perry millions in legal fees.

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'You have stolen the property of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart.

Holzman was interviewed by a local Fox affiliate just hours before her death.

Sister Catherine Rose and Sister Rita Callanan said they were uncomfortable handing the convent and its eight surrounding acres over to the star, whose sometimes provocative hits include I Kissed A Girl and Ur So Gay. However, in a unusual twist of events Hollister was found guilty of fraud because she allegedly interfered with the sale process.

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At one point Perry, who began her career as a Christian singer, reportedly met with the nuns and attempted to sway them by singing gospel songs.

Even before the dispute over ownership, The Sisters were at loggerheads with the archdiocese. "I pray all the time - for self-control, for humility".

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