(WASHINGTON) — When Pope Francis arrives at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, D.C. next week, he’ll be greeted by President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and also some lucky students from Sacred Heart, a catholic school in the nation’s capital.
“It’s a once in a lifetime chance to meet a worldwide leader who can inspire you all around the world,” says Dennis Lugo, a 12-year-old student who attends the school.
For Dulce Romero, a 13-year-old eighth grader, her connection to the pope is deep because of their shared Latino roots.
“It’s an honor to be able to meet somebody so important, and that has such a great influence in our world,” she said. “He is the first pope in a while to speak Spanish.”
When asked what they would say to the pope if they had a chance to speak to His Holiness, another student, Jessica Sanchez, was at a loss for words.
“I would not say anything, I would just like give him a hug,” she said.
Francis’ highly anticipated tour of the United States includes an address to Congress, a visit to the White House, and also stops at the National Mall and St. Matthews Cathedral.
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