Georgia Bulletin

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Immaculate Heart of Mary School eighth-graders, along with Carmen Graciaa, director of faith formation, left, Jim Lee, school principal, standing fourth from left, and Msgr. Al Jowdy, pastor, standing, third from right, participated in the Flat Francis Program. For a month students studied facts about the pope and papacy preparing for Pope Francis’ U.S. visit.

Immaculate Heart of Mary students get ready for pope’s visit

Published September 17, 2015

ATLANTA—Immaculate Heart of Mary School students are welcoming Pope Francis to the United States by participating in Catholic Extension’s Flat Francis promotion. This is a month-long activity with many learning and photo opportunities.

Each morning the students are taught either a fun fact about Pope Francis or a general fact about the role of the pope in the Catholic faith. In addition and throughout the month-long promotion, the students will have their picture taken with a Flat Francis cut-out and the pictures will be posted on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag: #FlatFrancis.

Catholic Extension developed this program to welcome Pope Francis to the United States Sept. 22-27. The pontiff will travel to Philadelphia, New York City and Washington, D.C. Several IHM staff members are traveling to see Pope Francis.