Global Catholic Network founder Mother Angelica has died

** ADVANCE FOR FRIDAY AMS, AUG. 11 ** This undated photo provided by Eternal Word Television Network shows Mother Mary Angelica, who founded the EWTN channel in 1981. Then the channel oofered nothing but Roman Catholic programming with little more than faith in God, $200 and a garage to use as a studio. Now available in 127 countries and more than 118 million households, EWTN will mark it's 25th anniversary in August 2006. (AP Photo/Eternal Word Television Network, Hugh Hunter) ORG XMIT: NY439

HANCEVILLE, Alabama (AP) – Mother Mary Angelica, a Roman Catholic nun who started a global religious media empire in a garage in Alabama, has died. She was 92.

EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw said Sunday that the founder of the Eternal Word Television Network died at the monastery where she lived about 45 miles north of Birmingham.

Mother Angelica had been in declining health after suffering a series of strokes over the last 15 years.

Mother Angelica was born Rita Rizzo in Ohio in 1923. She entered the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration monastery in Cleveland at age 21 and joined other nuns at a new monastery in Alabama in 1962.

The nun began broadcasting a religious TV show from the monastery garage in 1981. That grew into Eternal Word Television Network, a worldwide TV, radio and publishing operation.

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