Mount de Sales students reflect on papal visit

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – 18 students at Mount de Sales Academy got the experience of a lifetime last weekend. They went to Pennsylvania to get a glimpse of Pope Francis during his visit to the U.S. 

"I did a collage on Instagram," Caroline Freeman said remembering her visit. 

Memories fade, but pictures last forever. It was an opportunity Freeman and Tom Ferrer are still thinking about. 

"Well where we are there are not that many Catholics, but then you go somewhere like that and see how global it is," Ferrer, a Mount de Sales sophomore, said. 

Global is one way to describe Pope Francis’ visit to the United States. The Mount de Sales students along with 20 other classmates and chaperones got the chance to the see the Pontiff in Philadelphia. 

"I’ve never been around that many people. I don’t know if many people ever have been around that many people," Freeman said. 

The students were among the sea of the more than one million people who wanted to catch the Pope after winning a school-wide essay contest. 

Dr. Gabriel Germann says what he took away will affect how the teaches. 

"It’s just wild to kind of look around. It reminded me the global nature of the church. To see it some of our students. To those who could speak Spanish, they were lighting up. They felt like a different way to be included in that moment," Germann said. 

Tom, whose family is from Cuba, says Pope Francis’ message meant a lot to him personally. 

"He was talking about how all people and immigrants, they have something to offer, just not being thrown to the side and some people want to make it out. I thought that was pretty powerful," Ferrer said. 

It was an eye-opener for Caroline as well. 

"He talked about the freedom of religion that we have here in America and he said take advantage of it because not everybody has that right," Freeman said. 

A moment in time they say they’ll cherish for a lifetime. 

The students got back in town late Monday night. They say they’ll try and take what the Pope said and apply it to their daily lives. 

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