International pop star Katy Perry is at the center of a legal battle between a Los Angeles Archbishop, who's trying to sell a Catholic convent, and two nuns who've decided to sell their former home to a buyer whose bid is $1 million higher than Perry's offer.
Perry, the entertainer who was named No. 3 on Forbes' recent list of the highest paid celebrities in the world, said she's prepared to pay Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez $14.5 million for the former Catholic convent in the the Los Feliz neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles that she wants to turn into her home, according to The Los Angeles Times. Perry's plans, however, are being thwarted by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, who believe the convent is theirs to sell and already struck a $15.5 million deal with restaurateur Dana Hollister.
While 52 Immaculate Heart sisters once lived on the property that Perry has reportedly been eyeing for three years, Sister Catherine Rose told the Times that many were moved out of the property "against their will" in 2011. The nuns said they gathered their money collectively to purchase the property at a discounted rate from a benefactor decades ago and worry that if the diocese completes the sale with Perry, the sisters will not see any of the money which is needed to cover their living expenses. more >>
This an absolutely incredible audition from a young girl with a dream to be on stage in front of the world. She certainly got her dream and floored everyone who was watching. The judges and audience certainly got a treat by hearing her sing that day … WOW!
Arielle Baril may only be 11 years old, but this sweet girl can definitely sing! When she stepped on stage, no one expected this beautiful opera voice to come out. It amazed everyone watching and will put you in shock. Opera has a certain feel to it, and when the right voice is singing it, we get goosebumps. You almost feel that you are watching a live opera or you are at a play on Broadway.
No wonder the judges did something amazing for her at the end. It was well deserved! more >>
Outspoken Christian Lecrae made history on Sunday when he became the first rapper to win the Best Gospel Artist Award category at the 2015 BET Awards show.
And the rapper posted a brief message on Facebook Tuesday expressing thanks for the win.
"Always grateful. Engaging the soul thru Music. #SoulMusic," he noted. more >>
Donnie McClurkin, the pastor and gospel music singer who said God delivered him from "the curse" of homosexuality, is now under fire from critics after speaking out against last Friday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling which made same-sex marriage legal nationwide.
McClurkin, 55, received some harsh criticism after he shared his interpretation of the Bible's position on homosexuality on Facebook last Friday.
"We've just received the answer from man's Supreme Court ... we already received the answer from GOD," the pastor of Perfecting Faith Church in New York wrote. "With NO REGARD to what the Supreme Court of MAN decrees ... no matter what MY past was or feelings & struggles ... GOD has set the only standard for marriage to be between man and woman ... in biology, in physiology, in history, biblically & scripturally and that ... I will NEVER speak against!" more >>
After years of publicly shooting verbal jabs at each other, singer K. Michelle revealed that she is now praying for fellow Christian songstress Tamar Braxton following the pair's joint performance at the 2015 BET Awards show.
The 31-year-old singer born Kimberly Pate, joined 38-year-old Tamar Braxton for a performance with the legendary Patti LaBelle where the two women settled their disagreement. After the performance, the women embraced onstage and K. Michelle took to Instagram to offer prayers for her former rival's success.
"Thank you @tamarbraxtonher and my mother Patti for a moment I will never forget. Tamar, we've been through a lot," K. Michelle wrote. "I truly pray for your continued success. Love u ladies." more >>
A Delaware pastor's spiritual hymn written to remember the nine Christians killed in the shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, last week is now touching the lives of countless believers, as many churches around the world have started to include it in their worship services.
The hymn's writer, Carolyn Winfrey Gillette who co-pastors Limestone Presbyterian Church in Pike Creek, Delaware, with her husband, Bruce, has written spiritual songs about other tragic events such as the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and 9/11.
Her latest hymn, "They Met to Read the Bible" that addresses the shooting in Charleston has gone viral on Facebook and has been written about by various secular media outlets, including The New Yorker. more >>