|USA||MURDOCH GIVES $15.5 MILLION TO LA CATHEDRAL|
Rupert Murdoch's family foundation has donated $A15.5 million toward the construction of a $A253 million Roman Catholic cathedral in downtown Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reported on Friday.
Murdoch, a Papal Knight, made the donation from the foundation to help pay for the 3000 seat Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, the Times reported. The donation was announced by Cardinal Roger Mahony, the Times said.
Mahony called Murdoch's donation ``an extraordinary gift,'' the Times said. The Murdoch money is slated to be spent on the cathedral's conference centre.
``As the only place of worship in central Los Angeles, the cathedral will serve the people of southern California as a whole. Although it is being built to assist the Catholic Church, it will clearly serve as a center for many ecumenical, interfaith and cultural endeavors,'' Murdoch was quoted by the Times as saying.
Murdoch is a nominal Presbyterian whose children were reared as Catholics, the Times said.
Reuters 1:35pm 6/9/99