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HISTORICAL DAY: New Pope, New Lesson

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The selection of the new Pope is a learning opportunity at many Catholic Schools.

“It was really neat, since we`ve been learning about it in class we have more experience about what being a Pope is like,” says 7th grade student, Caroline Halliwell.

7th and 8th grade students at St. Augustin School in Des Moines were all cheers as Pope Francis I was chosen as the next leader of the Catholic Church.

Students in their religion class were already learning about the history of the Catholic Church including the important role of the Pope.

However, this week, teachers took a pro-active approach to learning, allowing the students to use what was happening in The Vatican as a real-life example of what their reading about in their text books.

“I love doing what I do, I love teaching religion to adolescence, so I’m very proud to be part of this, to be able to teach the students and hopefully excite them about history in the making,” says Religion Teacher Therese Drey.

Students at St. Augustin School will now spend the next several days learning about Pope Francis I, including his past, the significance of him being chosen and what his new role means for the Catholic Church.