College Students Prepare For Pope Visit


Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County – The Pontiff steps foot in the United States Tuesday.  He’ll visit Washington D.C. and New York before making his way to Philadelphia.  That’s where more than 1-million people are expected to gather to see Pope Francis, including students from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre.

Senior Eryn Harvey is representing her school and it’s radio station.  The school chartered a bus to make the trek.  Nearly 55 students will make the pilgrimage to see the Pope.  For many of those students, like Eryn, this may be the closest they will ever get to the Pontiff and it will be the largest event they may ever attend.  

She says “The biggest event that I have ever been to is the Katy Perry concert in my whole life and there was only about 20,000 people in the Wells Fargo Arena, so this is going to be close to a million.”  Father Thomas Looney, Director of Campus Ministry and College Chaplain, says “I think Eryn is going to bring such a wonderful, life-giving spirit there that is going to be contagious for the rest of our students.”

Eryn will head to Philly to pick up her tickets Tuesday and then she’s head that way again Sunday to take part in the mass Pope Francis is expected to hold.

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