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.

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Gina Hopkins and her husband are making the trip with their son

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“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.”

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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.