Statement of Cardinal Donald Wuerl on the Death of Mother Angelica, Founder of Eternal Word Television Network
It was with great sorrow that I learned late yesterday of the death of Mother Angelica of the Annunciation, the foundress of the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN). Her legacy of inspiring, educating and catechizing will endure through the global Catholic media network that started as a small television station in a garage in Alabama in 1981, and today includes online platforms, radio, and print publications accessible to a worldwide audience.
In a particular way, here in Washington, officials of the archdiocese have been fortunate to have many opportunities to be guests on The World Over with Raymond Arroyo, and have regular interaction with News Nightly and Morning Glory, all produced here in Washington, as well as countless opportunities to be part of the dialogue on important news and issues that affect the Catholic Church through the National Catholic Register and Catholic News Agency. Broadcasts of Masses celebrated at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, such as yesterday’s Easter Sunday Mass, are yet another example of the close working relationship the Church of Washington shares with EWTN.
I offer my prayers and sympathy to her religious order, the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration and to the EWTN Global Catholic Network family for the Lord to grant Mother Angelica her eternal rest.
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