Who’da thunk that one day we’d have Katy Perry, the Los Angeles Roman Catholic Archdiocese, restaurateur Dana Hollister and an order of nuns in one sentence. But we do because they’re all involved in the sale and purchase of a convent. Well, it’s more of a legal battle now.
It all started when the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary sold their convent — a beautiful villa-style property with many acres of land and a view of Downtown Los Angeles — to Dana Hollister for $15.5 million, since they considered the property part of their non-profit.
The Los Angeles Roman Catholic Archdiocese, however, said it was THEIR property and sold it to Katy Perry for $14.5 million — in cash, mind you.
Both sides argue that their agreements are legal and legally binding. The church argues that the nuns did not get the right permission to sell the property and the nuns argue that more evidence needs to be gathered before a ruling… ay, ay, ay!
Any way, Judge Stephanie Bowick will make a decision in 60 days.
Read more about the convoluted legal battle from The Los Angeles Timeshere.
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When you normally think of a Catholic nun, images probably come to mind of a stern and serious older woman who is quick to scold. But this group of nuns on TikTok go against every one of those stereotypes.
The Daughters of Saint Paul has recently become a TikTok sensation because of their hilarious and playful viral videos.
The Boston-based convent has racked up almost 56k followers from just a handful of videos that they’ve posted to the popular social media platform. The sisters have only posted three videos, but they’ve already gotten over 965.k likes and 6 million views.
The sisters have posted videos of themselves dressed up as ghosts while wandering around the convent grounds, what they’ve dubbed the “Holy Ghost photo shoot”.
There is another surprisingly funny video of themselves recreating the internal struggle of resisting Satan. The video is captioned “Thinking about giving into temptation” and set to the TikTok favorite song “Is This Available”. More than anything, its the committed performances of the two nuns that elevate the video to hilarious levels.
And of course, the Daughters of Saint Paul also posted the “This or That challenge” set to the ’80s Run DMC classic “It’s Tricky”. In this one, a group of the nuns split off into different groups based on what they prefer. The categories are super specific: “Morning prayer” is pitted against “Evening prayer” and “rosary” is pitted against “divine mercy chaplet.”
The sisters seem to have struck a chord with viewers because the videos are wholesome, lighthearted, but most of all, unexpected.
The joy and playfulness of the Daughters of Saint Paul have made them bonafide celebrities of the TikTok world. Their comment section abounds with praise like “This is EVERYTHING–y’all are the best,” and “This is so wholesome I love it here.”
Commenters also refer to their account as “NunTok”. There are also people asking for the nuns to pray for specific issues in their lives–like conceiving a baby or passing a test. It truly is one of the oddest corners of the internet.
The account appears to be run by Sister Bethany, a young media-savvy nun who has her own popular TikTok page.
In one informative TikTok, Sister Bethany explains why this particular convent of nuns is so present on social media, saying that they are “media nuns” and they use their talents to create content for their faith. But they also have guidelines about what they post.
“We the sisters are always asking ourselves, ‘Is this a good use of time?’ ‘Am I putting out things that are good, true, and beautiful?’,” said Sister Bethany. “And those are things we can all ask ourselves. And those are the ways we moderate our social media use.” No matter your beliefs, that’s definitely some great advice!
Richard Ramirez, a.k.a. The Night Stalker, spent the summer of 1985 terrorizing Los Angeles. Ramirez murdered 13 people during his reign of terror in Southern California. Netflix’s new docuseries is exploring the crime by interviewing law enforcement and family of the victims.
“Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial” killer is now streaming on Netflix.
“Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer” is the latest Netflix docuseries diving into the true crimes that have shaped American society. Richard Ramirez is one of the most prolific serial killers of all time and single-handedly terrorized Los Angeles during the summer of 1985.
Ramirez fundamentally changed Los Angeles and the people who live there. The serial killer was an opportunistic killer. He would break into homes using unlocked doors and opened windows. Once inside, he would rape, murder, rob, and assault the people inside the home.
The documentary series explores just how Ramirez was able to keep law enforcement at bay for so long. The killer did not have a standard modus operandi. His victims ran the gamut of gender, age, and race. There was no indicator as to who could be next. He also rarely used the same weapon when killing his victims. Some people were stabbed to death while others were strangled and others still were bludgeoned.
While not the first telling of Ramirez’s story, it is the most terrifying account to date.
“Victims ranged in age from 6 to 82,” director Tiller Russell told PEOPLE. “Men, women, and children. The murder weapons were wildly different. There were guns, knives, hammers, and tire irons. There was this sort of feeling that whoever you were, that anybody could be a victim and anybody could be next.”
Family members of the various victims speak in the documentary series about learning of the horror committed to them. People remember grandparents and neighbors killed by Ramirez. All the while, police followed every lead to make sure they left no stone unturned.
“Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer” is now streaming on Netflix.