Pope in Mexico: Locals score tickets for Papal Mass
900 kids prepare to play music for Pope Francis in Juarez
In a matter of hours, Pope Francis will arrive along the U.S.-Mexico border for the final stop of his trip through Mexico: Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua.
It has been a whirlwind week for the Pontiff.
Virginia Murillo of Fresno can identify.
She arrived Tuesday afternoon in Ciudad Juarez, following a 16-hour bus ride.
"We decided to come on Sunday. We went grocery shopping and I told my husband, let's go to Juarez," she says.
Murillo and her husband are staying with her sister.
She managed to find them highly sought tickets for Wednesday's mass with the Pope.
"The Pope's never been here. What better time to return?" she said.
She is one of several local connections we found in Juarez Tuesday.
Lily Villanueva's niece, Dr. Lucia Mireles-Chavez lives in Fresno, too.
"This is an opportunity I couldn't miss," Villanueva said.
"I'm excited my family will be there. I feel like I'm living through their texts,their messages, everything," said Mireles-Chavez.
Villanueva has been glued to her TV set, watching coverage of the Pope's visit.
"If I lose it watching it on tv, imagine when we see him in person. There's gonna be waterworks!" she said.
Villanueva's cousin, Amanda Cordova, says her family's already feeling the love from Pope Francis' prayers.
Another two cousins flew in from out of town, and all four will get to see the Pope's mass in person.
She says getting everyone together, in some respects, is a miracle.
"We thought it was nearly impossible. Little by little, things came together," Cordova said.