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Sister Catherine Rose Holzman of the Archidiocese of Los Angeles, one of the nuns embroiled in a legal battle over the sale of a convent that singer Katy Perry hoped to purchase, died Friday at the age of 89, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Fox11 LA reported that the sister “collapsed and died” during a court appearance related to the case.
“Sister Catherine Rose served the Church with dedication and love for many years and today we remember her life with gratitude,” Archbishop Jose H. Gomez said Friday in a statement. “We extend our prayers today to the Immaculate Heart of Mary community and to all her friends and loved ones.”
Gomez added that he has offered a Mass for “the repose of her soul.”
Holzman was one of two nuns that tried to sell an eight-acre convent in Los Feliz, their home as Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary for four decades, to restaurant owner Dana Hollister, who planned to turn the convent into a boutique hotel. But in December, a jury ordered that Hollister pay almost $10 million in compensatory damages to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Perry for interfering in the Archdiocese’s sale of the property to the “Swish Swish” singer.
Just before her death, Holzman gave an interview to Fox11 LA, in which she said, “We asked [Hollister] to save us, to buy the property. She had nothing to do with forcing herself on us.” Holzman later added, “And to Katy Perry, please stop. It’s not doing anyone any good except hurting a lot of people.”
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