Pope Francis visits Our Lady Queen of Angels school in East Harlem

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Friday, September 25, 2015
Students in NY's East Harlem prepare to meet the pope
Caring for the environment and worries about climate change are the big issues Pope Francis talks about. In New York, some children who will get to meet the pope are taking on those issues.

NEW YORK -- Students at an East Harlem school are getting their long-awaited chance to meet Pope Francis.

The pope arrived at about 4 p.m. EST at Our Lady Queen of Angels school.

He is meeting with a select group of third and fourth graders at the school.

Twenty-four students from four Catholic schools throughout Harlem will sing for the Holy Father, as well as give presentations on projects relating to issues important to him, such as the environment and service to others.

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The lucky students got word of the visit over the summer.

The young students have been doing some planting and preparing some environmentally oriented projects to show Pope Francis.

Students from Saint Ann's School were hard at work sprucing up a section of East 110th Street.

The idea to beautify otherwise empty flower beds was Noah Rodriguez's, who was one of six Saint Ann students who will visit the pontiff when he visits in Harlem.

"My first reaction was like, yes," Noah said.

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