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Crystal Cathedral gets a new name: Christ Cathedral

Church-goers line up outside of the Crystal Cathedral in 2011.

The Crystal Cathedral received a new name Saturday: Christ Cathedral.

The name for the anticipated central worship space for Orange County's Catholics came from more than 4,100 submissions, and received the Vatican's approval in April.

The diocese plans to move into its new cathedral next June, when the current Crystal Cathedral congregation relocates to another Catholic church.

The arrangement is part of a bankruptcy deal in which the diocese purchased the cathedral for $57.5 million.

Bishop Tod Brown made the announcement to parishioners at the diocese’s yearly priest ordination at St. Columban Catholic Church in Garden Grove.

He said in a statement that the first Catholic worship has yet to be scheduled at the cathedral.

“Catholics throughout the diocese, and all across America, are eagerly anticipating that important day,” he said.


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Photo: Church-goers line up outside of the Crystal Cathedral in 2011. Credit: Katie Falkenberg / For The Times

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