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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Pope Francis boarded a plane at 4:30 a.m. Saturday as he heads to Cuba for his historic visit.

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Soon to join him in Cuba is a group of young adults representing the youth of the Archdiocese of Miami.

“I’m super excited. It’s my, it will be my second time seeing the pope. And I saw St. John Paul when I went to Italy, when I was about 7, and it was a life-changing experience. I hope this one does the same,” said one young lady.

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“I’m hoping to get in touch with my roots. I’m a quarter Cuban and I can’t wait to see Pope Francis,” said another young man pilgrimaging.

The group will be joining with a delegation of nearly 200 local Catholics that arrived in Cuba with the archbishop on Friday.

That trip is both a spiritual and humanitarian, with many bringing needed medical supplies and other items.

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Both groups are expected to attend Sunday morning’s mass in Havana.