Media mogul Rupert Murdoch joined dozens of prominent Southern California Catholics who were awarded a papal knighthood on Sunday for their contributions to church institutions.
Cardinal Roger Mahony inducted about 60 people into the Order of St. Gregory the Great - men were installed as Knights of St. Gregory while women were named Dames of St. Gregory, the female equivalent of a knighthood.
About 500 people packed the pews of St. Francis de Sales Church in Sherman Oaks to witness the solemn, 90-minute ceremony.
Murdoch and his wife, Anna, both smiled as Mahony presented them with a cross medallion, the emblem of the Order of St. Gregory the Great.
Actor Ricardo Montalban, who starred in the 1970s television series "Fantasy Island" was among those receiving the honour.
Sixty-seven people were inducted into the Order of St. Gregory the Great - the largest group ever inducted in a single year from Los Angeles, which has the largest population in the United States.
The pope bestows the honour on those with "unblemished character" who have promoted the interest of society, the Catholic Church and the Vatican.
Rupert: "I thought it was very spiritual and very moving. I was very impressed by what the cardinal said."
Anna: "I think it was very humbling. We're both trying to get through the eye of the needle. Perhaps this is the beginning."
SUPER CAPTION: Rupert and Anna Murdoch
The church has however received criticism from some quarters for Murdoch's inclusion on the honour list.
The non-Catholic chairman of News Corporation is best known as the newspaper owner who features topless women in his British tabloids.
Murdoch was cited for his donations to a church education foundation.