By Steve Tawa
PHILADELPHIA (CBS)–Philadelphia’s only Jesuit elementary school has put out the welcome mat for the Pope, if he visits for the World Meeting of Families – a big Catholic event – to be held in Philadelphia in September, 2015.READ MORE: Kaylin Johnson, Teen Killed In West Philadelphia Triple Shooting, Remembered As 'Definition Of Freak Athlete'
Each of the students, including 5th grader Dhmyni Samuels at Gesu School at 17th and Thompson Streets in North Philadelphia signed a custom-made greeting card to be sent to Pope Francis.
“Gesu is a really cool school. He would like it here.”READ MORE: Man Shot In Parking Lot of Courtyard Marriott Hotel, Philadelphia Police Say
Director of Communications at Gesu, Karen Rueda, says they were thrilled when they heard Francis, the former Archbishop of Buenos Aires was elected. She says the entire school was delighted to hear that they had a Jesuit Pope who has shown a common touch to the vulnerable and the poor.
“Gesu means Jesus, we thought it would be really cool to have the kids actually forming out that word on the roof, taking a picture of it, then turning it into a card and sending it to him.”
Ten-year-old Kyanna Randolph was among the nearly 450 students who went up on the roof for the photo op.MORE NEWS: Bucks County Police Officer Among 4 Men Arrested For Attempting To Lure Child For Sex In Atlantic City: Officials
She says it’s, “a one-time chance to see a Pope from Rome.”