Nun dies in court during legal battle with Katy Perry over convent

A nun who was involved in a legal battle with pop star Katy Perry over the sale of a convent died after collapsing during a court hearing.

Sister Catherine Rose Holzman, 89, and another elderly nun, had tried to block the sale of their former home to Perry by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Hours before her death Sister Catherine Rose spoke to KTTV , a local television station, condemning a judge’s previous ruling that had cleared the way for the purchase.

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

The hilltop eight-acre property with Roman-villa style buildings was home to the Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart for more than 40 years, but they haven’t lived in the convent for several years.

In 2014 Perry sought to buy it for $14.5 million from the archdiocese. The nuns claimed they, not the archdiocese, owned it and tried to sell instead to a local businesswoman to turn into a boutique hotel. In 2016 a judge ruled the nuns’ attempted sale invalid.

Jose Gomez, the Archbishop of Los Angeles, said Sister Catherine Rose had served the church “with dedication and love for many years”.


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