Indianapolis students heading to Rome for papal canonization


Several local high school students will witness history this weekend in Rome.

Lucas LaRosa and Abby Whalen are among four Roncalli High School students who will be at the Vatican for the canonization of two popes. The ceremony on Sunday will declare that Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII to be saints.

"It's going to be a moment to remember for the rest of my life," said LaRosa, a senior at Roncalli High. "I'm definitely going to be witnessing history in one of the most historic cities in the whole world. It's just going to be one of those things that I'm never going to forget."

"We're actually leaving, I think, 2:00 on Sunday morning to try to get to the Vatican to be able to be there," Whalen explained. "At first they thought a quarter of a million people [would be there], now they think a million people."

Pope John the XXIII has special significance to the south side school as its namesake. Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli served as pope from 1958 until his death in 1963.