Aides say the nun who founded an Alabama-based religious broadcasting empire is in declining health.

Eternal Word Television Network and fellow nuns of Mother Mary Angelica at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery issued statements saying the 92-year-old Ohio native has been fitted with a feeding tube because of her worsening condition. The monastery where she lives is about 45 miles north of Birmingham.

The 92-year-old nun is known to millions of viewers as "Mother Angelica." She's never fully recovered from a cerebral hemorrhage suffered in 2001.

Mother Angelica moved South with other nuns and started a religious talk show in a monastery garage in 1981.

That show grew into a media empire that broadcasts Roman Catholic programming worldwide on TV and radio and also has a publishing operation.