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Singer Katy Perry wants to buy L.A. convent, in fight with nuns, archbishop

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Bet no one ever expected to read these words: Katy Perry wants to live in a hilltop Catholic convent in Los Angeles.

But wait, there's more: She wants to buy a convent that two elderly nuns have already sold to someone else, and they don't want to sell to the likes of sexpot singer Katy Perry (even if she was raised a good Christian girl).

But now the nuns are in trouble with their local archbishop, who says they don't own the convent and had no right to sell it. And he wants to sell to Perry.

Archbishop Gomez reminds conference of Dorothy Day's treasured legacy

Saying it was for the church to decide whether Dorothy Day was a saint, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez told a conference on the co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement that she left a rich legacy for people to follow.

"I don't know if she is a saint ... but I do know she makes me want to be a saint. She makes us want to be better. She makes us want to be holy," Gomez said in remarks to the conference May 14.

Day has been named a servant of God by the church and the diocesan phase of the canonization process has been underway in the New York archdiocese since 2000.

Mourners fill church for funeral, celebrate San Diego bishop's faith, vocation

Laypeople, religious, nearly two dozen bishops and more than 100 clergy filled San Diego's St. Therese of Carmel Church on Wednesday for the noon funeral Mass of San Diego Bishop Cirilo B. Flores, who died Sept. 6 of cancer.

Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez was the principal celebrant for the Mass, sharing some memories of Flores' last days.

Amid stroke recovery, San Diego bishop now being treated for cancer

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The San Diego diocese announced Monday that Bishop Cirilo Flores, still recovering from an April stroke, is now being treated for prostate cancer.

Flores, 66, is being treated at Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, said the statement Monday by Msgr. Steven Callahan, diocesan vicar general. The statement was a message sent to priests of the diocese that day and later released to the press.

Los Angeles archbishop unveils mobile app to help pregnant women

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Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles has launched a digital app intended to offer resources, support and prayers for women and girls facing crisis pregnancies.

The unveiling took place Jan. 22, the 41st anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions that legalized abortion nationwide.

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