HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Pope Francis has invigorated a lot of interest in the Catholic church, and with a visit to the United States, that fervor hits fever pitch.
Good Shepherd Catholic Church's Religious Education Director Trina Maxwell tells us, "I think it's so exciting. I think it will be a real shot in the arm for us as Catholics in the United States, and it will bring a new enthusiasm for our faith. And direct us where we should be, to Christ."
Maxwell will travel to see Pope Francis in Washington D.C., while a churchmate of hers, Joseph Pleva, will bring his family to Philadelphia to see the pope and the crowds that gather for him.
"The word Catholic means "universal." And it's an opportunity to be with the universal church, with people from all over the country, in fact, people from all over the world, worshiping God together as one family," said Pleva.
Because an experience like this carries a certain rarity, wherever the venue.
"I've told some of my friends," Maxwell adds, "just to be in the same space to breathe the same air, it's going to be wonderful."
With massive gatherings of people who feel the same, you can see the draw.
"We all have this one really important thing in common. We may come from completely different walks of life, come from different parts of the world, may not even speak the same language, but it's one God, and we're all worshiping him together," said Pleva.
So along with blessings, the pope gives high expectations to those who will travel to catch a glimpse of him.
"It'll be great to hear his message," Maxwell says.