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Argentine Family Nears Finish Of Epic 13,000 Mile Road Trip to See Pope Francis

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | September 25, 2015

Argentine Family Nears Finish Of Epic 13,000 Mile Road Trip to See Pope Francis

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The Pope’s visit to the United States has brought many from all parts of the world to see His Holiness. Some have traveled farther than others, like the following family that drove roughly 13,000 miles.

That’s right. Catire Walker (41) and wife Noel Zemborain (39) went on a Pope road trip, which puts the Griswolds to shame when you consider distance.

CNN’s Moni Basu spent some time with the family as they entered the Guatemala City phase of their epic journey, and the report recounts some of the various exploits.

In total, the family has spent over 194 days driving in a 1980 Volkswagen bus, garnering 13,000 miles of experiences through 13 countries.

We are exhausted just thinking about that kind of trip. Thankfully, the Internet offers some video of the intrepid travelers who come by way of Buenos Aires, intent on seeing a fellow Argentinian share his faith with the masses.

Basu explains that the trip was fueled not only by a capricious bus but also by the goal of spending time with the family.

And family is something of a theme with Pope Francis for whom the nation is quite interested in at the moment.

Basu offers insight into the impetus behind the journey: “Faith, for the Walkers, has never been about church and its rituals but about the everyday occurrences of life. In Francis, they finally saw a pope who understood ordinary people like them, a pope who talked about things no pope had discussed openly before.”

The next big event for the family is to take in the mass, which will occur on Sunday at Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

From there, the family is planning to visit New York City and return by plane to their home.

As for the temporary roaming abode they lovingly refer to as Francisca. Well Basu states that bus is going to be shipped back. 

It's important to keep the family together, after all.


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