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Calif. megachurch Crystal Cathedral gets new name from new owners: Christ Cathedral
GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (AP) ' Southern California's landmark Crystal Cathedral has been given a new name by The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange.
The iconic, glass-paned megachurch founded by "Hour of Power" televangelist Robert Schuller was sold to the diocese last year. On Saturday, Bishop Tod Brown renamed it Christ Cathedral during a priest ordination.
The Garden Grove cathedral's name came after more than 4,100 submissions from Catholics in Orange County.
Schuller retired in 2006 after seeing his tiny ministry evolve into a global televangelist empire. But after a botched leadership transition to his son, donations began to plummet and in 2010, the Crystal Cathedral sought bankruptcy protection.
The diocese bought the 2,900-seat cathedral and its grounds for $57.7 million. It wasn't known when the first Catholic worship would occur at the cathedral.