Cumberland County family looking forward to seeing the Pope

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – More than one million people are expected to be in Philadelphia during the Pope’s visit.

Joe and Marie Sowa live in Mechanicsburg. They plan on making the trip on Sunday.

“I think we are both excited about going,” Joe Sowa said. “We are not sure what it’s going to be like once we get there with so many people to contend with.”

The couple have bus tickets to get to downtown Philadelphia, but don’t have tickets to other events.

Joe and Marie have been married for more than 50 years. They have traveled around the world together and always have an itinerary, but this weekend they will follow the crowd and see what happens.

They have been watching Pope Francis on the news during his first two days in Washington D.C.

Marie Sowa says Pope Francis has had an impact already.

“He had the Mass and that was very nice and very humbling, she said. “It was impressive, the young girl with Down syndrome was reading, and so many children the pope actually held and kissed.”

The couple will catch a bus Sunday at Bishop McDevitt High School. They will make the trip with their children and grandchildren.

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