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Mother Mary Angelica, Eternal Word Television Network founder, dead at 92

By Wade Sheridan   |   Updated March 28, 2016 at 8:17 AM

HANCEVILLE, Ala., March 28 (UPI) -- Mother Mary Angelica, nun and founder of the Eternal Word Television Network, has died at the age of 92.

According to CNN, she died on Easter Sunday.

"She founded and grew a network that appealed to everyday Catholics, understood their needs and fed their spirits," Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, a member of the EWTN's board of governors, said in a statement to the network.

Mother Angelica launched EWTN, the largest Roman Catholic television network in the country, in 1981 with only $200 and a makeshift studio in a monastery's garage in Irondale, Ala., according to the New York Times. Often appearing as an on-air personality herself, Mother Angelica was forced to retire after suffering from a series of strokes in 2001. Her trademark show Mother Angelica Live has continued to live on in reruns and online.

EWTN managing editor Raymond Arroyo said in a Youtube video that she was "the only woman in the history of television to found and lead a cable network for 20 years."

Mother Angelica was awarded the Cross of Honor for her service by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009. The award is the highest honor a pope can award anyone outside ordained priests.

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