NDCL students preparing for trip to see Pope Francis in Philadelphia

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CHARDON - Wednesday morning was a time of reflection and a time of excitement for many.

Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. has electrified Catholics around the nation.

Ever since it was announced that he was coming, staff and students at Notre Dame Cathedral Latin in Chardon have been counting the days until their trip to Philadelphia.

Really counting the days on a life sized cutout of the Pope.

“The minute we heard, we knew we wanted to be part of the event. So, the planning really began last March when it was finally released that he would indeed be coming to the United States and to Philadelphia.” NDCL Director of Ministries Beth Davis said.

All that planning comes with a bus trip that leaves the school bright and early on Saturday morning.

“I really hope that I understand the Pope's homily and teachings.” freshman Talia Bailey said. “So I can take it and learn far in life what God wants us to do and what God wants us to be.”

“He's such a humble man and he's a servant of God. Whenever you see him he's a man of the people, he's kissing their feet, he's not just telling them what to do, he's showing them.” freshman Julia Baitt said.