Mother Angelica, nun who founded cable tv
religious network, dead at 92
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[March 28, 2016]
(Reuters) - Mother Angelica, a
soft-spoken nun who dispensed homespun religious and life advice for
years on television after founding a cable network, died on Sunday aged
92, officials and religious leaders said.
"Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, foundress of the
Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), passed away on March 27
after a lengthy struggle with the aftereffects of a stroke," the
Catholic News Agency said in a statement.
"Mother has always and will always personify EWTN, the network that
God asked her to found," said EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer Michael Warsaw.
The nun, born Rita Rizzo in Canton, Ohio, founded the network, among
the world's largest religious broadcasters, from a studio set up in
an Alabama monastery garage in 1981 after she objected to a movie
being shown by a station which was owned by the studio she used for
producing programs for a Christian network.
Mother Angelica, once hailed by Time magazine as arguably the
nation's most influential Roman Catholic woman, suffered a
debilitating stroke in 2001 which mostly left her without the
ability to speak in her final years, but her ministry lived on
through reruns of her television program.
In a statement, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said: "She devoted her
life to ministry, converting untold numbers of people to the church.
She left an indelible mark on Alabama, the Catholic Church and the
world as a whole."
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EWTN said four days of memorial events at the Shrine of the Most
Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama, would culminate in a
Christian burial mass on Friday.
(Reporting by Chris Michaud; Editing by Richard Pullin)
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