Helicopter ministry offers unique perspective for faith

Denver, Colo., May 19, 2013 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Hovering 500 feet above the ground, a ride in the Prayer One helicopter offers community leaders the opportunity to join in fellowship – and prayer – above their beloved Mile-High City. What was born from a conversation during a “boys' boondoggle in the Bahamas” some nine years ago has now turned into a unique way for Denver’s faith leaders to join in prayer and camaraderie in the skies. When Jeff … [Read more...]

Pope ties Church movements Mass to Pentecost

Vatican City, May 19, 2013 / 07:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- St. Peter’s Square was “transformed into an open-air Cenacle,” Pope Francis said after he celebrated Pentecost with Church movements. “This celebration of faith is about to end, which began yesterday with the Vigil and culminated this morning in the Eucharist. “A renewed Pentecost that has transformed St. Peter's Square into an open-air Cenacle,” Pope Francis said May 19 before reciting the … [Read more...]

Spirit’s surprises are way to happiness, Pope teaches

Vatican City, May 19, 2013 / 06:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Around 200,000 pilgrims packed St. Peter’s Square to celebrate Pentecost with Pope Francis, who called on them to be open to “God’s surprises” because they bring true happiness. “This is not a question of novelty for novelty’s sake, the search for something new to relieve our boredom, as is so often the case in our own day,” the Pope said May 19. “The newness which God brings into our … [Read more...]

Church to celebrate St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi

Denver, Colo., May 19, 2013 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On May 25, the Catholic Church celebrates Saint Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, an Italian noblewoman of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries who became a Carmelite nun distinguished for her intense prayer life and devotion to frequent Holy Communion. In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI marked the 400th anniversary of St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi’s death in a letter to the Archbishop of Florence, her birthplace. He described her as … [Read more...]