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Crystal Cathedral Endorses Offer to End Bankruptcy Crisis

(UPDATED) Former Crystal Cathedral congregation swaps properties with local Catholic church
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Update (July 2, 2013): Roughly one year after the Diocese of Orange purchased the property formerly belonging to the Crystal Cathedral, St. Callistus Catholic Church celebrated its first Mass on the property, according to the Los Angeles Times. The 10,000-person congregation will worship in the property's arboretum until "architectural and Catholic liturgical alterations" are completed in the cathedral sanctuary, says the Times. The congregation also plans to open a school, Christ Cathedral Academy, for preschool through 8th grade students. Meanwhile, the former Crystal Cathedral congregation, now "Shepherd's Grove," will move to St. Callistus's previous building about a mile from the Catholic congregation's new site.

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Crystal Cathedral officials have endorsed an offer from a nearby California university to purchase the glass-walled megachurch and end its bankruptcy crisis.

Despite their decision, church leaders say they are still hoping for ...

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