Nun involved in Katy Perry lawsuit dies after collapsing in court

Kelvin Reese
March 12, 2018

In what could be described as a battle of faiths, an aged Catholic nun died in a Los Angeles county courtroom fighting to her last breath against the purchase of a convent by pop-megastar and born-again evangelical Christian Katy Perry.

Sister Catherine Rose Holzman of the Archidiocese of Los Angeles - who has clashed with the pop star over the sale of a convent - passed away on Friday (03.09.18), after collapsing during a court hearing related to the dispute, CBS News reports.

The singer sought to buy the eight-acre property and its Roman-villa style buildings for 14.5 million United States dollars.

Holzman and another nun - who is now the only remaining member of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary - argued they had the right to sell the property, where they had lived since the 1970s until the Archdiocese evicted them in 2011. She collapsed and died shortly thereafter.

Archbishop Gomez released a statement saying Holzman had served the church "with dedication and love for many years". But the archdiocese challenged that deal in favor of selling the property to Perry.

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

The view from the hilltop former convent that won Katy Perry's heart and her $14.5 million bid. "It's not doing anyone any good [and it's] hurting a lot of people".

Perry reportedly visited the nuns to win them over, and is said to have shown them her tattoo of Jesus and sung a hymn for them.

The nuns chose to sell the property to a local restaurant owner called Dana Hollister instead but crucially failed to secure the approval of their Archdiocese before going through with the proceedings.

The legal battle has been raging on since 2015 and has seen Hollister file for bankruptcy after the court ordered the payment of $5 million to Perry and $10 million to the Archdiocese. This followed the nuns failure to get the consent of Archbishop Jose Gomez and the Vatican, who must approve the sale of any property worth over $7.5 million.

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