Annunciation Welcomes Pope Francis I
NBC Washington reporting from Annunciation Catholic School
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At Annunciation Catholic School in Northwest D.C., students cheered the news.
“It’s once in a lifetime that you really get to see something that amazing,” sixth-grader Cole Arnold told News4’s Mark Segraves. “I can’t really explain it.”
“When we first got the news over the intercom that white smoke had been spotted, the kids started shouting and screaming in my classroom, and they’re saying this is so historic,” religion teacher Anne-Marie Funk said. “They’re very aware that this is a very historical moment, and it’s so exciting to be a part of it.”
As Pope Francis delivered his first prayer as pontiff, the students prayed along.
“That’s an honor, praying with the pope,” Cole said.
“It’s neat for the kids, being in school and to teach about it and to see it live and in action,” Principal Dr. Gary Beckley said.