Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

Cathedral Of Our Lady Of The Angels

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The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, also called the Los Angeles Cathedral, is a cathedral of the Roman Catholic Church in Los Angeles, California, United States. Opened in 2002, it is the mother church of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and seat of its archbishop, currently José Horacio Gómez.

The cathedral was built to replace the Cathedral of Saint Vibiana, which was severely damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake. In January 1995, the archdiocese announced plans to build a new cathedral on the St. Vibiana site and began demolishing the old cathedral; however, preservationists blocked the demolition, citing the building's landmark status, and demanded that the old cathedral be incorporated into a new structure. Citing the high cost of bringing the old cathedral to modern seismic standards, the archdiocese began looking for a new cathedral site. In December 1996, the archdiocese purchased a site from Los Angeles County and began construction in October 1998. The cathedral opened in September 2002.

It is mother church to over four million professed Catholics in the archdiocese. In addition to the church, the cathedral grounds also include a mausoleum, gift shop, cafeteria, conference center, and clergy residences. The relics of Saint Vibiana are interred in the mausoleum, as well as several past...
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