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NEW YORK (CBSMiami) – In New York, the streets were closed, barricades were everywhere and security was tighter than anybody has ever seen for Pope Francis’ visit to the St. Patrick’s Cathedral. But thousands weren’t bothered the detour, instead they embraced the pope’s presence.

You don’t mind the disruptions?” CBS4’s Eliott Rodriguez asked one person.

“No, it’s for god. They’ll chose it for any other parade so why not for God?” he replied.

New Yorkers were more than happy to stop and tell Rodriguez how much they love the people’s pope.

“He did a beautiful job coming to the United States of America to give us a wonderful blessing, that’s what we need and I pray to god that blessing are enhance me and so many people of the United States.,” one woman told Rodriguez.

Another group traveled quite the distance to see the pope.

“We came from Houston, Texas, to see the pope,” they said. “I like that he’s all inclusive.”

A group of seminarians say hearing the pope confirmed their decision to lead a life of service.

“I got encouraged to enter the priesthood. From his work I was encouraged. He gave you strength. Yes, I was strengthened from most of the things he said today,” a seminarian said.

Those seminarians are from all over the world and they told Rodriguez they were glued to every word from the pope.

They hope for more inspiration as he continues his visit to ground zero, the site of the 9/11 attack.

Eliott Rodriguez

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