BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Thirty-five years after she founded the Eternal Word Television Network, Mother Angelica has left a lasting impression on the Catholic media landscape, changing the way in which the Catholic Church uses media to convey the Gospel.“Mother Angelica gave impetus for us not to be afraid to see the media as our friend,” said Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., the current president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.Archbishop Kurtz told the Register that Mother Angelica was a pioneer who inspired many Catholics to use all forms of media — television, radio, newspapers and the Internet — to evangelize the culture.Said the archbishop, “In many ways — dioceses, and I count myself among them — we’re encouraged to have our own television conversations and other media opportunities precisely because of the way that Mother Angelica was received by others.”Mother Angelica, who died at 92 on Easter Sunday, started EWTN in the garage of the Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Irondale, Ala., in 1981. That modest beginning developed into an influential global TV, radio, online and print operation. Today, EWTN broadcasts to more than 264 million households around the world.

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