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Tucsonans ready to see Pope Francis

Posted at 8:33 PM, Feb 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-16 11:31:20-05
Tucsonans are getting ready to make the trip to Juárez, Mexico to see Pope Francis.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson had about 200 tickets to give away. The Pope will have a public mass on Wednesday at 4 p.m. in Ciudad Juárez.
"He has this wonderful way to talk to us, to transmit to us," said Galaxia Mayagoita. "He's like a peaceful person. I think he's wonderful."
Mayagoita is a one of a few groups making the drive to El Paso, Texas on Tuesday. She will be one of thousands of volunteers who will form a 25 mile human chain to protect and greet the Pope.
"We're going to be singing, we are going to be praying," Mayagoita said. "We're going to try to make this moment so exciting for everyone."
Alicia Reyes had been trying to get tickets to the mass for weeks, and had almost given up hope.
"We knew it was going to be hard," Reyes said. "This just happened. We had already given up on the fact that we were able to go. But God provides, and here we are."
Reyes say Pope John Paul II in Los Angeles decades ago.
"That was a very enlightening experience," Reyes said. "I want to live it again."
Mayagoita also saw Pope Benedict, but says she has a special connection with Pope Francis.
"I think he's going to touch a lot of hearts," Mayagoita said. "And I'm just hoping that there is something really good for the humanity, for the people from Mexico and all of us."