Students pray for safety of Pope Francis more than 1 million times

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April 8, 2015

Students greet news their goal of praying Hail Marys for pope surpasses 1 million

Religion teacher Lisa Benoit and students at St. Charles Borromeo School in Destrehan, La., announce April 2 that the school exceeded its goal of praying 1 million Hail Marys for the safety of Pope Francis. The news came on Holy Thursday just before the monthly recitationof the rosary. (CNS photo/Beth Donze, Clarion Herald)

DESTREHAN, La. (CNS) — The prayerful protection of Mary has been showered upon Pope Francis 1 million times over, thanks to students and their friends at St. Charles Borromeo School in the New Orleans Archdiocese.

On Holy Thursday, April 2, just before the start of the school’s monthly rosary, religion teacher Lisa Benoit, accompanied by seven students bearing numbered placards, made a joyful announcement: The school’s 2014-2015 goal of praying 1 million Hail Marys for the safety of Pope Francis had not only been met, but exceeded.

The count: an incredible 1,031,840 Hail Marys.

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