Pope emeritus Benedict XVI praised the founder of the EWTN Global Catholic Network on Thursday.
“Mother Angelica was a great woman, very brave,” he said Dec. 15.
He had greeted the editorial staff of the EWTN-backed
Italian-language news agency ACI Stampa, who met him to give him a
Mother Angelica passed away on Easter Sunday 2016 at the age of 92.
In March, Benedict XVI had a special response to the timing of her
death: “It’s a gift,” he said, his personal secretary Archbishop Georg
Ganswein told CNA.
Soon after the nun’s March 27 death, at a March 30 general audience
Pope Francis encountered members of EWTN’s Rome Bureau who carried a
framed photo of Mother Angelica. The Pope saw the image and blessed it.
Pointing to the sky, he said “she’s in heaven.”
Pope emeritus Benedict’s latest praise came in a gathering with ACI
Stampa staffers after the afternoon Rosary prayer Dec. 15 at the Grotto
of Lourdes in the Vatican Gardens. They presented to the former Pope a
collection of all the articles dedicated to him since ACI Stampa began
in March 2014.
Benedict leafed through the small collection with interest.
At Thursday’s encounter with Benedict XVI and Archbishop Ganswein
were ACI Stampa director Angela Ambrogetti and journalists Andrea
Gagliarducci, Marco Mancini and Veronica Giacometti.
In his short personal conversations with each one, the Pope emeritus
voiced interest in their work. As their time concluded, he blessed the
journalists and their families.
ACI Stampa is one of the newest additions to CNA Global, a
multi-lingual international news service which includes Catholic News
CNA Global is part of the EWTN Global Catholic Network, which
Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation founded in Alabama in 1981 as
the Eternal World Television Network.
The network today reaches millions of homes around the world
television and shortwave radio.
It publishes the National Catholic
Register as well as the news agencies of CNA Global.