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Chosen to see Pope Francis -- one local man can barely contain his excitement because he is heading to see the Pope on Wednesday.

Max Ortner has been chosen by Congressman Rod Blum, who reached out for names of volunteers who go above and beyond for Christ.

Blum then picked names out of a hat and now 80-year-old Ortner is getting his best suit ready.

He said, "I am just amazed and happy and blessed. I just love Pope Francis."

He has a big week ahead of him. He will be traveling to see the Pope address Congress in Washington D.C.

"I would just love to shake his hand I would love to give him a hug, but that would be impossible I'm sure because security would be all over me," He said.

Ortner will be coming back to Iowa on Friday, on his 81st birthday.

He says this trip will be a gift, he will never forget.

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