EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – Although Pope Francis won’t arrive in New York until Thursday, students at the Immaculate Conception School in Tuckahoe got into the spirit of his historic visit earlier this week, with several events geared toward celebrating his arrival.
Although most of the teachers and students will have to miss seeing Pope Francis live during his visit, they’ve been busy this week, crafting a large sign welcoming the pope, naming a faux “Pontiff of the Day,” and his religious court. They also found the closest alternative to seeing the real pope: a life-size cardboard cutout of a waving Pope Francis, which they took photos with.
Pope Francis will be busy during his few days in New York. He arrives late on Thursday from Washington, D.C. and will preside over an evening prayer at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. On Friday, the pontiff will address the United Nations before delivering an address at the Sept. 11 memorial site at the World Trade Center. He will also be visiting inner-city students and holding mass at Madison Square Garden.
The pope will leave New York on Sunday morning, when he will travel to Philadelphia to conclude his first trip stateside that night.
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