Pope Francis Meets with Cristo Rey Jesuit Students During Satellite Meeting Prior to U.S. Visit


Cristo Rey Jesuit student Valerie Herrera prepares to speak with Pope Francis via satellite. [SOURCE: ABC News – via screenshot]

BY ISN STAFFAugust 31, 2015

Valerie Herrera

CHICAGO, IL – In preparation for his visit to the U.S., Pope Francis virtually connected with individuals in three U.S. cities he will not make it to next month when he travels to the U.S. for the first time. Via satellite connection he spoke with students from Chicago’s Cristo Rey Jesuit High School as well as congregants from a MacAllen, Texas, Sacred Heart Catholic Church near the U.S.-Mexico border, and homeless men and women and those working with the homeless in Los Angeles, California.  The event was titled, “Pope Francis and the People,” and was captured by ABC News.  The virtual meeting aired in a one-hour special edition of ABC News’ “20/20” on the evening of Friday, September 4.

In a press release about the day, school leaders described the virtual visit from the Jesuit pontiff as “an unforgettable day” and a “once in a lifetime opportunity.”  According to the school, Cristo Rey students engaged in one on one dialogue, including Pope Francis’s request to one female student to share her vocal abilities by singing a song.

ABC News Special Report of Pope Francis’s Virtual Visit to the U.S. 

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