Vatican City, Mar 29, 2016 / 10:00 am America/Denver (CNA).
After hearing of the death of Mother Angelica on Easter Sunday, Fr. Federico Lombardi, the Vatican’s spokesman, recalled the joy of being able to meet the nun several years ago in Birmingham, Alabama.
Mother Angelica was “a great witness and a missionary apostle,” Fr. Lombardi told CNA March 28, expressing his hope “that she prays for us more than we for her.”
Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, an Ohio-born Poor Clare nun, founded the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) in Alabama in 1981, which has since become the largest religious media network in the world. She passed away March 27 at the age of 92.
In addition to his role as the Vatican’s spokesman and director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Lombardi is a longtime employee and former director of Vatican Radio.
Fr. Lombardi said he “had the joy” of seeing Mother Angelica briefly in person several years ago at one of the first meetings of Catholic radio stations organized by EWTN at the network’s headquarters in Birmingham.