Famed Crystal Cathedral reopens as grand Catholic church after $77M makeover, blessing of pope

www.christianpost.com | 7/19/2019 | Staff
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The famed Crystal Cathedral in California, which was touted as the largest all-glass structure in the world when it was officially opened in 1980, was rededicated Wednesday by the Diocese of Orange after a $77 million makeover and the blessing of Bishop Kevin Vann and Pope Francis.

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“The Holy Father prays that the cathedral may serve as a tangible sign of our Lord Jesus Christ’s presence in your midst, and help to deepen your missionary witness to the broader community, and so lead all souls to an experience of his abiding mercy and divine life. In this way, you will be ‘like living stones … built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ’ (l Pet 2:25),” the pope said in a message sent to Vann and the leaders of the diocese.

The Diocese of Orange noted in a statement posted on Facebook, “Today we celebrated the dedication of Christ Cathedral. It was a historic day for the Catholic community in Orange County and beyond. We are grateful to Bishop Vann for shepherding us to this exciting new chapter."

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Vann delivered the first mass and dedication ceremony.

Originally commissioned by late televangelist Rev. Robert H. Schuller, the founder of the Crystal Cathedral Ministries, the building had served as the backdrop of the world's longest-running evangelistic television program in the world, "Hour of Power."

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In his book, Your Church Has Real Possibilities, Schuller revealed on page 117 that his aim in building the church was to impress wealthy nonreligious Americans.

"We are trying to make a big, beautiful impression upon the affluent non-religious American who is riding by on this busy freeway. It's obvious that we are not trying to impress the Christians … Nor are we trying to impress...
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