Connecticut Catholics set out on pilgrimage to Poland for visit with Pope

ORANGE, Conn. (WTNH) — World Youth Day draws over 2.5 million young people together in a journey of the Catholic faith.

“It’s not simply a trip to Poland, its a pilgrimage,” said Father Joseph Sidera.

Working out of the Holy Infant parish in Orange, thirteen people are set to embark on the trip to Krakow, Poland.

The journey includes visiting the sites of Poland, culminating with a mass given by Pope Francis himself.

It’s an opportunity many Catholics do not get.

“My dad would always have a picture of the Pope right out side of the breezeway when we would come in. So you would have to acknowledge the pope every time you would open the door,” said Eva Provost, who is taking the trip with her son Alex.

“I feel that it’s going to make a big impact to all the people who are going on the trip,” said Alex Provost.

It’s a pope who has embraced the principles of the saint he chose his name after, Francis of Assisi.

“Personally, I am very excited by this Pope. I think he has added a lot of new life to the church. Sort of brought forth what the real meaning of the church is- which is love and forgiveness,” said Michael Muttitt, a parishioner of the Holy Infant Parish.

Millions of Catholics who know what direction they are heading.

But have no idea just how deeply they will be affected, until the get there.

“When you see the young people given a mission, the reward they get and the amount of energy they are willing to spend on it is enormous,” said Father Fr. Joseph Sidera.

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