ECC’s Felipe Floresca Attends Pope’s Visit to NYC Elementary School


When Pope Francis visited Our Lady Queen of Angels elementary school in Spanish Harlem during his recent U.S. visit, he saw, posted on the school’s bulletin boards, letters supporting his climate change encyclical Laudato Si (Praise Be to You) and models of greenhouses and solar roofs, reflecting students’ hopes for a solar-powered school.

In preparation for a visit from Pope Francis, Felipe Floresca talks to students at Our Lady Queen of Angels school about climate change.The Pope’s historic visit was also a homecoming for ECC Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs Felipe Floresca, who graduated from the parochial school 50 years ago.

Floresca had been at our Lady Queen of Angels a week earlier to instruct students about the importance of the pontiff’s climate change encyclical and President Obama’s climate action plan. Floresca used cartoon illustrations and simple language provided by Columbia University’s Earth Institute to drive home the need for students to join forces with each other, their parents and friends to lower carbon emissions.

“I had a unique opportunity to talk with the students about the significance of the pontiff’s visit and what Pope Francis is advocating about climate action,” Floresca stated. “For children living in Spanish Harlem, it was important to explain to them how, even at a young age, they can be community agents fighting climate change.”

Floresca plans to visit the students and faculty again to support their efforts to install solar energy at their school. He also is helping to plan a student field trip to the Earth Institute.


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