Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, Founder of Catholic TV Network, Dies at 92

Mother Mary Angelica
Mother Mary Angelica Birmingham Post-Herald/Philip Holman/AP

Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, a Catholic nun who founded Eternal World Television Network, died at 92 on Sunday, March 27, after a long health battle following a series of strokes, according to her company’s website.

The Franciscan nun launched EWTN with just $200 in a garage of an Alabama monastery in 1981. By the time she retired from the network in 2001, her famous half-hour program of advice, Mother Angelica Live, reached over 100 million homes in four continents. The network has the blessing of the Vatican and now has almost 400 employees. Mother Angelica is the only woman in television history to found and lead a cable network for 20 years.

“Her accomplishments and legacies in evangelization throughout the world are nothing short of miraculous and can only be attributed to divine Providence and her unwavering faithfulness to Our Lord,” EWTN Chairman and CEO Michael Warsaw said in a statement on their website.

Pope Benedict XVI also paid tribute to Mother Angelica passing away on Easter Sunday. “It’s a gift,” he said, according to Catholic News Agency

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