Read about her fascinating life, and the schedule of events surrounding her wake and funeral
Mother Angelica, the feisty and indomitable nun who founded a Catholic media empire in the Deep South when Catholics were a small minority there, died today, Easter Sunday, around 5 p.m. She had suffered a long illness. She passed away atthe Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama, where she had resided since 1999. She was 92.
The news was announced by EWTN, the media network she founded.
Just weeks before Mother Angelica died, Pope Francis sent a personal greeting to her as he traveled to Cuba and Mexico. Alan Holdren, Rome correspondent for EWTN-owned Catholic News Agency, asked the pontiff to record a message to the ailing nun on Holdren’s cell phone as Francis greeted journalists on the papal flight.
“To Mother Angelica with my blessing,” the pope said. “And I ask you to pray for me; I need it. God bless you, Mother Angelica!”