Philadelphia, PENN.—When Noël Zemborain and Alfredo "Catire" Walker learned that the Pope was planning his first visit to America, they decided to use his visit as an excuse for an epic family adventure.
The parents quit their jobs, broke the lease on their house and packed their lives into a world-weary Volkswagen bus. Then the family of six embarked on the adventure of a lifetime—a 13,000 mile roadtrip through South America to Pennsylvania in hopes of seeing Pope Francis.
"What we want to leave our kids with is for them to learn very clearly, that if you have a dream, don’t let anybody tell you that it can’t be done," Catire said.
Over three months, multiple vehicle failures and thousands of miles later, the family has finally arrived in Pennsylvania.
"This was a trip of hope," Noël said.
Noël and Catire have been blessed by the outpouring of love and support their road trip has received. Along the way they have been given free places to stay, assistance repairing the car and even a Mass in their honor.
"For us, it's been a transformative experience," Noël said.
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