Nuns respond to Katy Perry court decision over sale of convent

The news comes just before the singer was announced the musical guest at the highly anticipated amFAR Cinema Against AIDS benefit during the Cannes Film Festival.
By Marilyn Malara  |  April 29, 2016 at 3:21 PM
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NEW YORK, April 29 (UPI) -- Katy Perry is set to perform at the Cinema Against AIDS event held during the Cannes Film Festival in May.

Perry will entertain the likes of Kevin Spacey, Sharon Stone, Milla Jovovich, Adrien Brody, Heidi Klum, Carine Roitfeld and Harvey Weinstein, among others, at the charity event.

The global pop star was confirmed to take the stage at the event May 19 amid a court battle over the purchase of a 22,000-square-foot Los Angeles convent.

Despite a recent ruling claiming Perry the winner of the real estate dispute, two nuns are claiming a Latin-language Vatican decree allowing the sale had been mistranslated. On Monday, Sisters Rita Callanan and Catherine Rose Holzman urged a judge to consider new evidence in the form of the decree, according to Fox News.

"In fact, and completely contrary to what [the L.A. Archdiocese] represented to the Court, the Decree, when properly translated from its original Latin to English, stated in no uncertain terms that the dispute," had not been decided yet by the Vatican, the claim read.

A judge ruled two weeks ago that an effort by another buyer, restaurateur Dana Hollister, to purchase the property from a different buyer will be thrown out, paving the way for Perry's $14.5 million offer to stand.

The decision came after a months-long disagreement between Perry and Hollister, who made offers to buy the property to two different entities.

Both The Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary claim they have decision-making power over who is allowed to sell the Los Feliz convent. Despite the two nuns having purchased the building during the 1970s, the Archdiocese claims the Church has jurisdiction over the sale.

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