Holy Cross School,
got to go to the mass because I'm in the choir at my school and our choir director
submitted a bunch of kids names and there was a lottery. It was actually really
lucky because my twin sister Clare Hogan and I both got chosen. That was a blessing.
I want to participate in this because I want to learn how I can live my faith
in my everyday life because you always hear people talking about the government
and how you can bring your faith into politics and things like that, but you never
actually hear what you can do everyday to make the world a better place, just
in small ways
I think that he must be a man who has a lot of wisdom. He
lived through World War II and he's seen so many different things. I've hear his
voice on the radio and he seems like a pretty powerful speaker so I think it must
be something to actually hear him in person.
I'd definitely like to hear
the pope talk more about the war in Iraq, just because he probably knows a lot
about wars, having lived through World War II himself and how it affected the
world. I'd like to hear him give his views on all the violence because the violence
may be coming to some good. You hear about all this tragedy but you also hear
about all these successes over in Iraq, so I'd like to hear his opinion on it.
Holy Cross School,
dad talked to our priest and we were chosen to get five tickets to go to the mass.
It's obviously a very special opportunity to get to go to the pope's mass and
it's also special now for me because I'll be receiving my confirmation in the
fall. I thought it would be kind of cool to get to hear thoughts on how he would
say the mass and how it would differ and I thought that would be very cool.
would like to hear Pope Benedict talk about his childhood in Germany, because
I thought it was interesting how he was in the youth group for Hitler and how
that could have changed his religion, but he stayed true to himself.
think that Pope Benedict has high standards because people really like Pope John
Paul II but I think that he's done a great job to do everything he can to reach
out to people and tell them what he's feeling. I think he's a great pope.
High School, Washington, D.C.
I go to Catholic high school, but I'm not Catholic, because my parents wanted
me to get a better education and they thought the best would be a Catholic education.
So I ended up going to the mass when my friends introduced me to the whole
thing and they told me about it, and it was kind of a big thing at my school.
So, I thought it would be great, a lifetime opportunity to go there and see the
Well, I know a few things about his background. I know that his name,
his birth name, was Joseph Ratzinger and he became, he was ordained a priest and
his birthplace was Germany and his cousin was killed by the Nazis - that was the
time when he was around, the Nazis were around. His cousin was killed by the Nazis
because he was mentally handicapped.
I hope that when I go see him he talks
to us, to the young people, about making peace and you know how he is planning
to work with others around the world, leaders around the world, to make life better.
whole thing has really has had an effect on my religious beliefs. I'm not, thinking
of converting to Catholic, but it has really helped me understand and respect
the Catholic religion and leaders such as the pope. And it has helped me get a
better understand of how this, the coming of the pope, is really important to
the Catholics because they see him as a great leader and a great influence on
My family was really excited about me getting the chance to
go see the pope because you know, like I said, you never know what can happen
in life. Maybe this is the only time I get to see him. So, you know, looking back
in the future I'll be happy to know that I was there in 2008 when the pope came.
Archbishop Carroll High School, Washington, D.C.
did I get a ticket to go to the pope? Well, there was an announcement that there
was an opportunity to go see the pope on Thursday, so I was like, um, interesting.
And since it's a lifetime thing, a once in a lifetime, I said I might as well
do it right now. So, I signed up and then I was kind of nervous because I didn't
know if I was actually going to go or not, as they were choosing between us.
I didn't know. And when I saw my name, it was kind of spelled wrong, so I was
kind of nervous, "Oh my God, is that me or not?" And then when I saw
that it was me I was so excited, like it's such an experience that we get to see
the pope and we don't just get to see him on the TV. It's a different experience,
like you know these tickets are hard to get, right? So it's such an honor that
they let me go when there's a whole bunch of people that want to go. So I'm there
to represent people that couldn't go, didn't have the opportunity to go. And I
was chosen so it makes me feel special because I could see the pope.
Holy Cross School, Maryland
singing for the pope in the children's choir. I think it's a great thing because
praying by speaking is one thing, but lifting your singing voice up to God and
having the leader of our church hear it, I think that's just a really powerful
thing. Especially because it's 600 other people in the entire choir singing then
thousands of people in the stadium I think that's a great thing.
I heard that
he had an iPod and I think that's actually kind of cool because he's the first
pope to own an iPod. I think that shows that while he's the leader of the church
he is still part of the world and he still has stuff that other people do.
also think he's doing a good job reaching out to the world because now he's traveling
just like Pope John Paul II did. Pope John Paul II was the first pope to travel
and now Pope Benedict is doing the same as him.
I'd really like to hear
him talk about how children should use their faith in their lives because in this
generation it's been hard for children-well it's always hard-but this generation
hasn't always had the right influences with the media and I'd like to hear him
talk about how children specifically can bring their faith into their lives and
turn all their belief into action.
Holy Cross School, Maryland
part of the children's choir. It's such a big, big deal and just seeing a powerful
man speaking and giving us information that we can give to others as a sign of
maturity. We can grow in faith and grow to love one another.
I think he's a
pretty amazing person. I haven't exactly heard him speak, but I've seen pictures
of him and I've heard from other people that he is a pleasant guy, he's really
nice and he's just a really down to earth kind of guy.
I'm actually more
for no abortion, but I'd like to hear what he has to say about it because it's
a big, big controversy kind of thing that everyone is talking about.