Hundreds of Connecticut Catholics headed to Philadelphia Friday for a chance over the weekend to see Pope Francis.
Buses prepared to leave around noon time with 250 people on board. They'll be joining millions of people from around the world for a papal mass.
About a hundred of those people packed two buses at the St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield Friday morning.
The mass is set for Sunday and will be the culmination of the Pope's trip to the U.S.
"It's been like, 'pinch me!'" said Nancy Vivar-Ramos in East Hartford. "I don't know if I'm still here!"
Vivar-Ramos said she's part of a group of nine enthusiastic parishioners from St. Rose Church in East Hartford.
"We hope that not only Catholics, but people around the world listen to his message, really hear him, what it's all about: peace," Vivar-Ramos said.
Muriel Jacques said she's already seen two Popes in her lifetime. She said this one is different.
"He's very modern compared to the other Popes, she said. "Which is good, it's a good thing. We need that."
Friday morning, Pope Francis gave an address at the United Nations and planned to hold a mass at Madison Square Garden later in the day.
His arrival in Philadelphia Saturday morning coincides with the World Meeting of Families.
People in Connecticut told Eyewitness News that they planned the trip for months and have been watching the Pope's journey through America.
"[We've been watching] since he left Rome!" Vivar-Ramos said. "When he was in Cuba and then when he arrived in DC visiting the president, he was magnificent. We are so glad he's here."
They watched the him greet a girl in Washington D.C. and called it heartwarming.
"It's like a light goes off, and he gets so excited, almost more excited than the children, and that's been wonderful to watch," said Deacon Vince Motto of Enfield.
The group from Connecticut said it will be meeting with Archbishop Leonard Blair for dinner on Friday night.
Saturday, it will have a retreat and then it will attend the Festival of Families. Finally on Sunday, they'll be at the mass with the Pope.
Despite facing the fact that millions will also be in attendance, the Connecticut faithful told Eyewitness News that they don't care if they're far away. They said just being there in his presence will be worth the journey.
"Just having his presence, is a lot," Vivar-Ramos said. "It doesn't matter how far he is; but, just knowing he's there and we're going to receive his blessing, is just amazing, indescribable."
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