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South Florida school children pray for Pope Francis during U.S. visit

Third-grade student dresses like pope during prayer service at Good Shepherd Catholic School

Dressed in the official colors of the Vatican, yellow and white, children at Good Shepherd Catholic School in Southwest Miami-Dade are praying for Pope Francis during his first trip to the United States.
Dressed in the official colors of the Vatican, yellow and white, children at Good Shepherd Catholic School in Southwest Miami-Dade are praying for Pope Francis during his first trip to the United States.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Dressed in yellow and white, the official colors of the Vatican, children at Good Shepherd Catholic School in Southwest Miami-Dade prayed for Pope Francis Wednesday during his first trip to the U.S.

Third-grade student Franco Callejas stood tall, dressed in his papal white throughout Wednesday's prayer service, explaining why he loves the pope and wanted to dress like him.

"He's honoring the people, he's blessing the people, he's helping the people (and) he's praying for them," Franco said.  

Every class from preschool to eighth grade wrote a special prayer for the pope.

"Dear Lord, we rejoice in the visit of our new Holy Father Pope Francis. What a wonderful gift you have bestowed upon us in this courageous leader," they said in a prayer.

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