Living History: Local High School Students Learn About Papal Election

By: Elizabeth Schilder Email
By: Elizabeth Schilder Email
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Faculty and staff at Newman Catholic High School & Middle School in Wausau have been using the Papal election as a way for their students to learn more about their faith and the Catholic tradition.

"We've been learning about all the Cardinals and where some of them are from and how the Pope, like, he doesn't keep his name and he picks a name," Sophomore Rose Gronna explained.

We caught up with Gronna during her religious studies class, where she and her classmates were busy learning about the longest conclave in history.

"I just think it's really cool that they all gather as one and they're so many to choose from," Gronna said. "I just find it very interesting."

Now the students at Newman Catholic High School & Middle School are living history and living their faith.

"Prayer is probably the most important thing we're doing because we are actively participating in the process through our prayer," Newman Catholic High School & Middle School Chaplain Father Jeffrey Hennes told NewsChannel 7. "We are asking God to intercede into the lives of these Cardinals who are doing this beautiful and noble mission."

Now that there is a new Holy Father, Gronna is hoping he'll continue to bring Catholicism into the 21st Century.

"I think that we should bring in the younger generation more. I think it's a good idea to be on Twitter and Facebook so that we can keep up with the Pope and what he's doing," Gronna said adding, "I think women should be able to be Priests. I know that's a topic that's been brought up lately and I think it would be a good idea if the Pope did want women, or support women, to be priests."

Newman Catholic High School will hold a special all school assembly to pray for Pope Francis I.

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