A Catholic nun who founded a TV and radio empire and became known as the “zinging nun” for her blunt personality has died. The Washington Post reports that Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation died on Easter Sunday at the Alabama monastery where she lived. She was 92.
Mother Angelica — born Rita Antoinette Rizzo — had been out of the public eye since becoming disabled by a stroke in 2001. She was a television personality and the founder of the international Eternal Word Television Network.
She began broadcasting religious programs from a converted garage in the Birmingham, Ala., area in 1981. Mother Angelica “became known as the ‘zinging nun’ as much for her blunt and peppery personality as for her defiantly orthodox religious views,” the Post reports.
EWTN reportedly broadcasts its slate of Bible studies, religious movies, sermons and children’s programming to 148 million homes in 144 countries.