Greater Charleston taking part in Pope's visit to the U.S.A.

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Early Thursday morning members from the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Goose Creek will hop on a bus and head 12 hours to Philadelphia.

They're headed to the city as part of an annual pilgrimage and the chance to see Pope Francis on Saturday.

The pontiff may not have visited Charleston, but he's making his presence known downtown and across social media.

Daughters of St. Paul on King Street has a special section laid out thanks to the pontiff's visit to the United States.

"The excitement has been building, let's put it that way," said Sister Margaret, of Daughters of St. Paul. "It didn't just happen, there's been a countdown
on the number of hours."

Sister Margaret knows other women who are in Washington D.C. right now taking part in his tour.

She says social media has made his presence even greater, with hashtags trending on Twitter and Facebook. Not to mention other newer video opportunities.

"That made it really imminent for me," Sister Margaret said. "I even watched the Pop arriving in Washington, from someone from the White House who was Periscoping. There are such a variety of places that you can't miss it, let's put it that way. You can't miss the message, the presence and excitement."

Meanwhile excitement describes 46 members of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Goose Creek.

They are leaving at midnight to head to Philadelphia to take part in Pope Francis's last stop in the U.S.

"We want to receive his blessing and bring him home to our family," said church member Fe Bosch.

"This is a great opportunity to see him," added Julie Estrada, another church member. "I haven't seen the pope before."

While this will be the first time for many of the members to see the pope, Bosch says she was able to see Pope Benedict while she was in Rome years ago.

She says it's a rare, exciting chance to be able to see Pope Francis on U.S. soil.

"I'm so proud, because even non-Catholics are excited to see him, and follow his visit even on television," Bosch said.

Daughters of St. Paul are holding a watch party Thursday at 10:00 a.m. for when Pope Francis addresses the U.S. Congress.

They hope to take some of his ideas and try to implement them into the community.

Bishop Robert Guglielmone, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston, was in Washington D.C. Wednesday.

Pope Francis met with him and several others as part of his visit.

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