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Hartford's archbishop leads pilgrimage to see Pope Francis

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Leonard P. Blair. (archdioceseofhartford.org photo) Leonard P. Blair. (archdioceseofhartford.org photo)

The archbishop of the Archdiocese of Hartford is leading a pilgrimage of 250 people to Philadelphia for the papal visit.

Archbishop Leonard Blair left from Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks on Tuesday morning. He will join other U.S. bishops attending the pilgrimage in Washington D.C., the archdiocese said.

"I am about to depart to Washington DC in anticipation of Pope Francis' arrival. I am excited for his message of hope and faith for all of us," Blair tweeted on Tuesday

After praying with Pope Francis in the nation's capital, Blair will head to Philadelphia to participate in the World Meeting of Families, an event created by Pope John Paul II to explore the role of family in society. It's there that the 250 pilgrims from Connecticut representing more than 100 parishes will attend a mass celebrated by the Pope. 

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