Pope’s Philippine visit inspires Vatican-bound students

CALIFORNIA – It’s been a week of special lessons at the Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Los Angeles where nearly two-thirds of the students are Filipino.

“I’m very happy that he’s in the Philippines so that he can give hope to people who are in poor and in need and have lost everything in the hurricane,” said student Meicha Candelaria.

Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines turned out to be a valuable lesson to the students.

“That’s who we are as Catholics, really to help one another in need and to see the Pope doing that, he’s just a wonderful role model for all of our kids,” said Principal Allyson Alberto.

The Papal visit to the Philippines is also giving students inspiration as they practice for their trip to the Vatican.

They will join two other local schools at the Pueri Cantores in December. School choirs from throughout the world will put on a special show for the pope.

“We will be singing for the Pope for the New Year’s Mass and also we will be having an opportunity to attend an audience with the Pope,” said music director Pete Avendano.

These Filipinos are also hoping that Pope Francis can visit their him estate of California, as the Holy Father announced the canonization of Father Juniperro Serra, the Spanish Franciscan friar who founded several missions in California in the 1700s.

For Filipino students in the US, the papal visit has taught lessons of humility and messages of hope that will last a lifetime especially for those heading to the Vatican this December.


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