A nun involved in a bitter legal battle involving pop star Katy Perry has collapsed and died during a court hearing.
"I was sad to hear the news of her passing and I have offered a Mass for the repose of her soul", Gomez added.
On the nuns' website Stand With The Sisters, the message "Rest with the angels our most precious treasure" is seen above a photo of Sister Catherine Rose.
"We extend our prayers today to the Immaculate Heart of Mary community and to all her friends and loved ones". The nuns were trying to sell the Los Angeles convent against the Archdiocese's wishes.
Hollister bought the property with the help of sisters Rita Callahan and Catherine Rose Holzman from the Immaculate Heart of Mary who claimed they had the authority to sell it.
The case was brought to court by Perry and the Archdiocese of L.A. against Hollister, whom they allege had tried to interfere with Perry's purchasing of the property.
TMZ notes that Holzman was back in court this week for a post-judgment hearing.
In December a jury in LA awarded a total of $10 million in punitive damages to Perry and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles; It followed an earlier decision to award $5 million in compensatory damages divided between the two entities on November 17. But in December, a jury ordered that Hollister pay nearly $10 million in compensatory damages to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Perry for interfering in the Archdiocese's sale of the property to the "Swish Swish" singer.
In short, the nuns chose to sell the property to restaurateur-hotelier Dana Hollister, whereas Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez wanted to sell it to Perry.
The sisters did not have the right to sell the property, as they did not obtain the legal blessings of Archbishop Jose Gomez and the Vatican. Hollister has since filed for bankruptcy.
Perry and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles fought back and sued Hollister for interfering with the property deal.
They also found that her actions led to Perry and the archdiocese having to pay exorbitant lawyer fees and other costs, which Hollister should get the bill for.
The singer sought to buy the 32,375-square-metre property and its Roman-villa style buildings for US$14.5 million. "She had nothing to do with forcing herself on us".
She added: "And to Katy Perry, please stop".
"Perry was a very lovely person but her offer is not as good as Dana's".