Baton Rouge Catholic high school students watch pope address Con - WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

Baton Rouge Catholic high school students watch pope address Congress

Students at St. Michael High watched live coverage of Pope Francis on TV. (Source: WAFB) Students at St. Michael High watched live coverage of Pope Francis on TV. (Source: WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Live TV coverage of Pope Francis was part of the lesson Thursday for some students at St. Michael High School. 

"He's an awesome guy. I really think he's going to help our country, just his presence and being here," said James Albano, a junior at St. Michael. 

Two dozen students sat in a religion class and watched the pope address Congress. 

"Everything he says is very relatable to each person," said sophomore Trey Parker. 

"I like his involvement with the poor," said Albano. "I like that he's progressive. He knows about social media." 

Students listened while their teacher, Claire Thibodeaux, analyzed the pope's message. 

"Pope Francis is going back all the way to the early days of America," said Thibodeaux.  "He's showing us how we've exemplified that through hard work we can be successful." 

According to some students, what the pope has really been successful at doing is energizing their faith. 

"You always hear about the pope," said Parker. "You always hear about everything he's doing, but now you can actually see him. He's here on our soil." 

"Everything he says is just like, 'wow.' You just feel God's presence in everything he says," said Albano. 

It's a special connection Principal Ellen Lee is proud to have in her school. 

"To have our spiritual leader on Earth come into the United States is just an outstanding opportunity for us to see him as he relates to individuals," said Lee. 

Copyright 2015 WAFB. All rights reserved.

  • Pope Francis and the VaticanMore>>

  • Savannah Bishops invited to Pope's visit

    Savannah Bishops invited to Pope's visit

    Monday, September 21 2015 5:34 PM EDT2015-09-21 21:34:04 GMT
    Monday, September 21 2015 5:49 PM EDT2015-09-21 21:49:16 GMT
    Bishop Gregory Hartmayer had a personal meeting with Pope Francis earlier this year on a trip to Rome.But the leader of the Diocese of Savannah will be excited to be in his presence again when the leader of the Catholic Church makes his first visit to the United States this week. More >>
    Bishop Gregory Hartmayer had a personal meeting with Pope Francis earlier this year on a trip to Rome.But the leader of the Diocese of Savannah will be excited to be in his presence again when the leader of the Catholic Church makes his first visit to the United States this week. More >>
  • Catholic students are inspired by Pope Francis

    Catholic students are inspired by Pope Francis

    Wednesday, September 23 2015 6:09 PM EDT2015-09-23 22:09:01 GMT
    Thursday, September 24 2015 6:52 AM EDT2015-09-24 10:52:03 GMT
    It's not often that students in the classroom can watch history unfold. But Wednesday provided one of those moments.Students at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic school in Biloxi watched Pope Francis deliver his speech in Washington, DC. Students we talked with find Pope Francis humble and inspiring. They like his stance on the environment and his modest lifestyle. They're also excited he's on social media and has a Twitter account.More >>
    It's not often that students in the classroom can watch history unfold. But Wednesday provided one of those moments.Students at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic school in Biloxi watched Pope Francis deliver his speech in Washington, DC. Students we talked with find Pope Francis humble and inspiring. They like his stance on the environment and his modest lifestyle. They're also excited he's on social media and has a Twitter account.More >>
  • Students impressed with pope's modest lifestyle, Twitter account

    Students impressed with pope's modest lifestyle, Twitter account

    Wednesday, September 23 2015 12:47 PM EDT2015-09-23 16:47:30 GMT
    Wednesday, September 23 2015 1:43 PM EDT2015-09-23 17:43:40 GMT
    Students in Cindy Grammar’s class at Our Lady of Fatima elementary school quietly watched history unfolding Wednesday morning. The Catholic school children witnessed the moment as Pope Francis addressed a crowd at the White House in Washington.More >>
    Students in Cindy Grammar’s class at Our Lady of Fatima elementary school quietly watched history unfolding Wednesday morning. The Catholic school children witnessed the moment as Pope Francis addressed a crowd at the White House in Washington.More >>
Powered by Frankly