Pope Francis accepted a handmade card from Walsh University students studying in Rome, according to a press release from the university.
The pontiff accepted the heart-shaped card on Wednesday, the same day he was named as Time Magazine's "Person of the Year."
Walsh students and faculty and staff were in attendance in the general audience in St. Peter's Square.
"We got there very, very early at 6 a.m. in order to get a good spot where we knew the motorcade would pass by," Michael Cinson, director of Student Life, Rome Campus, said in a statement released by the university. "The pope stopped in front of us and one of his guards saw our sign, he asked if we wanted to give it to the pope, and we did."
Students Giovanna Rion of Dover, and Kathleen Wagner of Akron designed the card.
"The pope read the card and kept it," Cinson said in the statement. "The card was signed with well wishes on the front by all the students in the Rome study program and had a letter on the back asking him to join the students for dinner at their residence in Castel Gandolfo, Italy."
Castle Gandolfo is also the home of the Pope's summer residence.
As part of Walsh University's Global Learning program, six student trips to Rome are scheduled yearly. The current group will return to North Canton on Dec. 20