YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Ursuline High School students in Patricia Fleming’s Honors Religion class watched intently as Pope Francis made his way to the podium to address the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate.
The group of about 20 seniors paid close attention to what the pontiff had to say during his historic speech.
“It’s amazing to see, because this pope, unlike ones in the past, he’s very outgoing, and he wants to display his mission to the world,” said senior Christopher Metzinger.
“I think it’s incredible. I’ve lived through three popes, and Pope Francis is by far my favorite,” student Allison Christopher said.
Metzinger and Christopher have both followed his visit to the U.S. Metzinger pointed out the pope’s constant message of unity, hope and peace and Congress’s duty to help the poor.
“He started off talking about the vulnerable people of society that politicians need to focus on serving them and helping them,” he said.
Before the speech, the students brainstormed which topics the pope may cover, and many of the topics were discussed during his speech.
“He’s constantly preaching about social justice and change that needs to occur, not just with Catholics and our attitudes, but people around the world,” Christopher said.
The class also discussed the Pope’s efforts to influence change for immigration, climate change and the refugee crisis.
Both Metzinger and Christopher said they hope he will inspire their generation to create positive solutions for these issues.
“We want to clean up the messes others have left us and then leave a better world in the future, and that’s exactly what Pope Francis has been telling us we should do,” Christopher said.