Editor’s Note: The following message was sent to Bishop Kevin Vann on behalf of Pope Francis. It was sent by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, and delivered by Apostolic Nuncio to the United States Archbishop Christophe Pierre.

To The Most Reverend Kevin W. Vann, JCD, DD, Bishop of Orange in California:

As you celebrate the dedication of Christ Cathedral, His Holiness Pope Francis sends warm greetings to you, your Auxiliary Bishops Timothy Freyer and Thomas Thanh Thai Nguyen, Bishop Emeritus Tod Brown, and all the priests, religious and lay faithful of the Diocese of Orange in California, as well as to all those gathered for this joyful event. He assures you of his spiritual closeness as he joins you in praising Almighty God for the abundant blessings which the Lord has bestowed upon the Diocese over the years. The Holy Father prays that the cathedral may serve as a tangible sign of our Lord Jesus Christ’s presence in your midst.

Full story at OC Catholic.

Diocese of Orange will dedicate Christ Cathedral today after a seven-year, $77-million renovation

“I would pray and hope that it (the Christ Cathedral) will build on the heritage we have and help bring new life and commitment and joy in the age we live and that through here the diocese will have a focal point of unity where God will be known and loved,” Bishop Kevin Vann of Orange told CNA.

But Tony Jennison, Vice President of Philanthropy for the Diocese of Orange, said the interior of the cathedral is now completely different.

“We took what was basically a used cathedral, that wasn’t a Catholic cathedral…it was really a television studio for his [Schuller’s] Hour of Power…and we turned it into a Catholic cathedral,” Jennison said. “It’s completely different other than the outside facade.”

Christ Cathedral will be open to the public every Sunday.

Full story at Catholic Herald.