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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

It's an exciting morning inside the gym at the Holy Ghost Catholic School in Dubuque Thursday as more than 80 students have breakfast with the Pope.

"We normally do breakfast at 8 in the classrooms, but we thought it would be neat for them to have breakfast and watch the Pope's address to Congress," said Principal Todd Wessels.

Though the Pope's speech was hard to hear and understand in a crowded gym full of loud elementary school students, many of them still appreciate the magnitude of Pope Francis' historic trip to the United States.

"I am so excited he's in the United States!" said 5th grader Alyssa Kirby. "I mean, I barely ever get to see him, even on TV!"

Alex Glatt echoed the sentiment: "It's pretty exciting for the Pope to be in your country, because it's kind of a once in a lifetime thing. He's not going to be here all the time."

Wessels said his staff has been working for the past week or so to prep their students on the Pope's arrival.  And while it may be pretty cool for the students, Wessels said it's been a great experience sharing this part of their faith with his students.

"It really has meant a lot, because I think our teachers are really faith filled people, and we all go and we've all been watching the clips of the Pope and sharing what we remember from the other times the Pope has visited," he said.

The students also spent a good portion of time coloring spiritual bouquets--pictures of flowers that were hung on a wall along with the prayers students would be sending the Pontiff's way.

They weren't the only ones watching the address, either.

Wessels said all the schools in the Holy Family Catholic School System set aside time to watch the address, which was the first a Pope ever gave to a joint session of Congress.

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