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Pope acknowledges Loras students

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) - Pope Benedict XVI mentioned students from Loras College in his address at the Vatican January 17th.

24 students in the Breitbach Catholic Thinkers and Leaders program at Loras College traveled to Italy to experientially learn more about Christianity. Gathered with thousands of others in St. Peter's Square to hear Pope Benedict XVI pray the Angelus Prayer, the Loras students were surprised to be publicly acknowledged by the Pope.

"After the prayer, when Pope Benedict XVI spoke in several different languages, he spoke of the responsibility of all to come together in solidarity across divisions and work for good, helping with the devastating situation in Haiti and blessing all those present and their friends and families," recounts junior Kevin O'Brien of Davenport, Iowa. "All of a sudden while speaking in English, he stunned us by especially welcoming us to Vatican City, calling us his 'dear friends' from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. When our group's tour guide heard of the special recognition by the pope, she said, 'That never happens, he never does that,' making us students all the more thrilled and honored."

To view the papal address, CLICK HERE. The English acknowledgement begins around the 10:30 mark.

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