PIQUA — During the entrance procession at Mass at St. Boniface Church, a photograph of the holy Pope Francis was raised for all to see.
This is a monumental week for Catholics and the United States, as Pope Francis made a historical visit to the country on Tuesday and will remain in the States until Sunday engaging in various events. Piqua Catholic School students and teachers gathered together for Mass on Thursday and learned what the Pope will be doing during his stay and recited prayers for his well-being.
“Let us remember this week as a very special week,” said the Rev. Fr. Angelo Caserta. “We pray that (Pope Francis) touches the hearts of the whole world.”
“Pope Francis has come to the United States to get closer to heaven,” the Rev. Fr. Tom Bolte said. “We pray for our Father to have a safe trip in the U.S.”
Students lined in front of the altar, each holding an item representing what the Pope wants to accomplish while he is in the country. One student held a ketchup bottle and peanut butter jar to represent his visit to Catholic charities and another student held a globe to represent the Pope speaking at the United Nations.
While the students held these items, Fr. Bolte explained the significance of each item on the Pope’s agenda.
Fr. Bolte stated the importance of sharing this historical event to students.
“It’s to help the children understand his message and how we are called to live the teachings of Jesus like Pope Francis encourages the world to do,” he said.
Hailey Packard and Emily Bornhorst, both in seventh grade, explained what the Pope’s visit means to them.
“Other people can learn about him … he is going to encourage our faith,” Packard said.
“He is someone who has trust in God,” Bornhorst said. “He will help bring people back to the church.”
Pope Francis is only the fourth pope to visit the United States. The Pope’s schedule can be found online at http://www.popefrancisvisit.com/official-final-schedule-of-pope-francis-u-s-visit-2015.
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