Catholic Church Buys Crystal Cathedral

    This Oct. 27, 2011 photo shows the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Calif.  As the ministry famous for its “Hour of Power” television program muddles through bankruptcy, churchgoers face the possibility of seeing the property sold to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange and being forced to move to a new location.  (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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    A Roman Catholic diocese is getting some shiny new digs. The church has won the right to buy the bankrupt Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Calif., for $57.5 million. The shining glass structure, designed by architect Philip Johnson, was home to Robert Schuller's Hour of Power television broadcast. The cathedral went bankrupt after several years of family and financial turmoil. The Orange County diocese says it will renovate the interior to make it suitable for Catholic services but will leave the exterior intact.

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