Local Catholic schools to teach students about Pope's U.S. visit

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - Local Catholic schools throughout Southwest Virginia will use Pope Francis' first trip to the United States to teach students more about the faith.

Students at Roanoke Catholic School will be taught special lessons - some will even watch the Pope's address to Congress on Thursday in class.

Theology teacher Helen Price said having the Pope on U.S. soil will help her students relate.

She said, "I think they are going to have a more real interaction with him. Although we are not going to be physically present with him, I think it's going to be neat seeing some of the different sights around when he is visiting."

Students are excited about the visit and the attention Pope Francis is drawing.

Roanoke Catholic School senior Annie Lupsha said, "It used to be that if the Pope would visit, a lot of the Catholics got excited but I think with this new Pope, people who have never even stepped inside church a day in their life are very excited to see him."

Roanoke Catholic is just one school that will be doing something special for the Pope's visit. Holy Cross Regional Catholic School in Lynchburg has also planned a number of special lessons and prayers.

The Pope's tour begins in Washington D.C. Tuesday. He will also travel to New York and Philadelphia during his trip to the United States.