MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Pope Francis boarded a plane at 4:30 a.m. Saturday as he heads to Cuba for his historic visit.READ MORE: COVID-19 Deaths Near 58,000 As Hospitalizations Drop
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.READ MORE: State Heads Off Debt Collectors On Overpayments Of Unemployment Aid
“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.MORE NEWS: Police: Ferrari Driver Struck, Thrown Off Sunny Isles Bridge
Both groups are expected to attend Sunday morning’s mass in Havana.