Mother Angelica’s condition ‘remains delicate,’ sisters say

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HANCEVILLE, Ala. -  Mother Angelica, founder of the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), remains in "delicate" condition, according to an update from The Sisters at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery.

The update said, in part:

"We want to extend a very special and heart-felt thank you to each of you who have been praying for Mother Angelica. The many cards and promises of prayer she received throughout this past Christmas season were a great consolation and support. Mother’s condition remains delicate and she receives devoted care day and night by her sisters and nurses. In God’s providence, she was able to receive the special Jubilee grace of passing through the Holy Door shortly after it’s opening."

The sisters said Mother Angelica is most often asleep, but will sometime awaken and smile.

For over 60 years, Mother Angelica has lived the life of a cloistered nun, having taken a vow of enclosure along with more than 40 nuns who live at the monastery with her. They never leave the grounds - and they pray around the clock.

Mother Angelica built a Catholic television network in Irondale that became a global empire.

She leaves the television show to others now. The 92-year-old suffered a stroke in December 2001.

When WHNT News 19 visited her after her recovery from a stroke, she had this message to share with our viewers: "I love them with all my heart."

Pope Benedict awarded Mother Angelica with the Cross of Honor for distinguished service to the Roman Catholic Church, the highest honor the Pope can bestow.

The EWTN Global Catholic Network calls itself the world's largest religious media network.