CNA Staff, Mar 27, 2021 / 11:00 am
Cardinal Fernando Filoni recalled Saturday the “extraordinary creative capacities” of Mother Angelica as he celebrated Mass in suffrage of the EWTN founder on the fifth anniversary of her death.
Preaching at a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica March 27, the Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre said that the nun earned “the gratitude of the whole Church” for building a global media network at the service of the Gospel.
Mother Angelica began broadcasting from a converted garage in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1981. She died on March 27, 2016 -- Easter Sunday -- at the age of 92. By the time of her death, EWTN had become the largest religious media network in the world.
Filoni said: “She crossed the whole 20th century facing poverties and sufferings, which were constant friends in her life until the end; at the same time, she experienced the consolation of Jesus and the constant help of Divine Providence; she could not do what she did alone.”