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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – On the eve on Pope Francis’ historic visit to Cuba, South Florida pilgrims were piling into the island country.

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CBS4’s Rick Folbaum was at the airport as a group traveling with the Archdiocese of Miami arrived.

You wouldn’t ordinarily think of Archbishop Thomas Wenski as a tour guide. But he showed a real knack for letting the Florida delegation nowhere to go.

For others it was obvious, right into the arms of loved ones that they haven’t seen in years – 90 miles away and yet a world apart.

It is a chance to bring Martha’s son Felice Gorordo back to the country of his birth.

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Martha is battling pancreatic cancer. This pilgrimage is even more significant for mother and son.

“This is very emotional for me. It is a dream come true. I have no words,” she said.

Also landing was Tom Abraham who could not believe that he made it.

“It is spectacular. When I was a kid in 1964 during the Cuban Crisis I thought I would never come here,” he said. “And to be here for the pope’s visit, to see a mass, it is historic. This is fantastic.”

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They all boarded buses and headed downtown to take the same route that Pope Francis will take when he gets to Cuba Saturday afternoon.