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Mother Angelica is in heaven, Pope says

March 30, 2016

Pope Francis expressed confidence that Mother Angelica is in heaven, in a remark made during his weekly public audience on March 30.

The Pope acknowledged employees of EWTN, the network founded by Mother Angelica, who were in attendance at his Wednesday audience. Blessing a portrait of Mother Angelica, he said simply: "She's in heaven."


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  • Posted by: feedback - Apr. 01, 2016 3:15 AM ET USA

    Please, don't be too harsh with our Pope Francis. We all make remarks like that. A casual remark is not the same as Papal teaching ex cathedra. Mother Angelica had many bitter adversaries among the "liberal" Catholic clergy, and so, it is encouraging to hear the Pope's spontaneous approval and appreciation for Mother Angelica's great accomplishments in spreading the Gospel.

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Mar. 31, 2016 5:27 PM ET USA

    I fully expect Mother Angelica to have words with Pope Francis in private.

  • Posted by: ILM - Mar. 31, 2016 4:34 PM ET USA

    Under the bus goes purgatory, the canonization process, and the efforts of faithful priests to get the living to pray for the dead and take seriously their preparation for their own death.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Mar. 31, 2016 3:36 PM ET USA

    Does that constitute canonization?

  • Posted by: Sed contra - Mar. 31, 2016 1:08 AM ET USA

    I guess that eliminates the need for any canonization proceedings, much less a funeral Mass, although a "Celebration of Life" liturgy might be appropriate. Let's just add her to the calendar of saints tomorrow. Does this pope ever think before he speaks?

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Mar. 30, 2016 7:35 PM ET USA

    While I want to think that Mother Angelica is in heaven, I will pray for her until she is canonized. Or does the Pope's pronouncement on Mother Angelica equate with canonization?