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Atlantans Travel To See Pope Francis For His First US Visit

Sep 23, 2015

Pope Francis arrived in America Tuesday. Many metro Atlanta residents are flocking to Washington D.C., Philadelphia and New York to see him speak.
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Atlantans will be among the throngs crowding to see Pope Francis on his U.S. visit this week.

Napoleon D'Cunha is a graduate student at Georgia Tech. On Thursday, he plans to head to Philadelphia with a group of fellow students.

“It's just something about him,” he said. “That just like captures your soul. His messages are really simple and beautiful. It's about love; it's about mercy."

The chaplain at the Georgia Tech Catholic Center, Father Josh Allen, is also going. He said he's looking forward to joining the huge crowds.

"That's really exciting, you know, to look around and know that our faith is so widely accepted and so widely felt and believed by so many people," Allen said. "I'm looking forward to the effect that is going to have on the students," he said.

"I have a great love of the Holy Father just in general," he said. "But one of the neatest things, one of the most beautiful things that I have ever seen, is watching someone see the Holy Father for the first time."

Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory plans to attend the pope's prayer with the bishops of the United States on Wednesday in Washington D.C.

Catholic high school students and parishioners from around the Atlanta area are also making the trip to D.C., Philadelphia or New York to see Pope Francis.