TROY (WWJ) – How far would you go to see the pope during his U.S. trip?
A busload of metro Detroiters are on their way to Philadelphia Thursday evening to see Pope Francis. About three dozen left by bus from St. Anastasia Church in Troy.READ MORE: Michigan Reports 25,329 New COVID-19 Cases, 137 Deaths
Gina Hopkins and her husband are making the trip with their sonREAD MORE: 'Your Life Does Not End Because You Have A Diagnosis': Shantel Smith Opens Up About Her Battle With Multiple Sclerosis Before 'Survivor'
“We are just so excited, we have been looking forward to this since January when we first heard, we haven’t been overseas at all … this is a big deal for us. We may, one day, get to see the Vatican but this is a great opportunity,” said Hopkins.
“I’m so excited,” said Grace Finazol. “My life kind of changed in the last decade and it’s because of this parish – we feel so honored and privileged to get a chance – it didn’t fill up before we bought our tickets and we got really lucky. Really blessed.”MORE NEWS: COVID-19 Hospitalizations In Michigan Reach Record High
She and her family will likely join the million or so others in the Festival of Families on Saturday — and will take in mass with Pope Francis on Sunday.