Retired TV nun Mother Angelica ‘doing well,’ still revered worldwide

( Viewers watching EWTN Global Catholic Network for the first time might be tickled by the sight of a grandmotherly nun dishing out quips and biblical advice.

Mother Angelica, who founded EWTN in the garage of the Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Irondale in 1981, has been a mainstay on the network throughout its history. But the “Mother Angelica Live!” programs now airing were taped years ago.

The taped shows, several hundred of them, still air regularly on the network as ”Mother Angelica Classics.”

She hasn’t hosted any TV shows since a stroke rendered her mostly incapable of speech.

She suffered her second major stroke on Christmas Eve 2001. That left her with partial paralysis and impaired speech.

“She’s actually doing well; she’s in great spirits,” said EWTN President Michael Warsaw. “She continues to be bedridden. She’s hanging in there. She’s tough.” [more]