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Californians Travel Great Distances To See The Pope

Kitty Felde / Capital Public Radio

Claribel Lopez and Hilda Salcedo drove 48 hours with friends from Palm Springs to Washington DC to see the Pope.

Kitty Felde / Capital Public Radio

Kitty Felde | Capital Public Radio

 

Nine people took turns driving a van 48 hours straight from Palm Springs to Washington DC. They had no tickets to the canonization mass, no special access to the party on the south lawn of the White House, just faith that they would have a personal encounter with Pope Francis. 


A chance meeting with some fellow Californians led to a few extra tickets to the mass outside the Basilica, but Claribel Lopez says she and two friends spent most of the day standing down the street. And then the popemobile drove right past her.

 

"We was happy because we see Pope Francisco very, very, very close. I don’t believe it how we could. I’m excited. I’m very happy."

 

The Californians aren’t done with their cross country papal pilgrimage. They plan to follow the Pontiff up to New York, which is his next stop on the Pope’s tour.