Two Marquette University students from Northeast Wisconsin are in Washington, D.C. to see Pope Francis.
Alexander Lech of De Pere and Matthew Lipina of Appleton are studying in the nation’s capital this semester.
The visit is special for them, because Marquette, located in Milwaukee, is a Jesuit school and Pope Francis is the first Jesuit pontiff.
The students spoke with Action 2 News about what the pope means to them.
“He’s very service oriented, he likes to help people, he’s open to anyone who is willing to accept him,” Lipina said. “And that’s kind of the same feeling you get on Marquette’s campus, even if you don’t go to Marquette, or you’re not part of the Marquette community, we’ll make you part of our community, we’re very open to anyone.”
“One of the main themes from Francis is dignity and respect, at Marquette we’re taught to love everyone, and to respect everyone, and that’s really one of Francis’ main themes, respect for the environment, respect for humans,” Lech said.
The pope will also visit Philadelphia during his trip to the United States. Action 2 News will be there with a group from the Green Bay Catholic Diocese. Jeff Alexander will have live reports September 25-27.