NEW YORK – Enthusiasm is growing among Hispanic Catholics in New York, Washington and Philadelphia over the first U.S. visit by Argentine-born Pope Francis in September.
Many are inquiring about tickets to see him during his stops in the three cities, with many planning to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, where the pope with speak. More than 1 million people are expected at that event.
Some are organizing workshops in their churches about the pope's teachings and how they apply to immigrants.
New Yorker Vianel Garcia told family members they could sleep on the floor of her hair salon in East Harlem so they can try to catch a glimpse of the pope when he visits a school across from her business.