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UNI Catholics excited for Papal visit

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Pope Francis is greeted with a warm welcome when touching down in Washington D.C. Tuesday afternoon.

The Pope greeted President Obama and his family before tending to the rest of the crowd, and finally leaving in a car seemingly modest for D.C. -- a four door black Fiat.

Roughly 1000 miles away, the feet are up and the snacks are out.

"We just kinda gathered, more casual," said Jess Sandy, a UNI student at the Catholic Student Center.

Sandy, along with a dozen other students watched his visit unfold in front of their eyes.

"It's kind of inspirational," said Sandy.

Tuesday marks the first day of the Pontiff's visit, with Thursday likely being the most notable, when he will address the US congress in a joint session.

For Catholics, his visit is a sign of hope.

"I mean I think it's the dream always, to have an idol, I mean my idol at least, to step on American soil," said Sandy.

Catholic students say the Pope has opened doors for them personally.

Before his Papacy, they say they felt awkward in a way to express their Catholic views.

But it's different now, they say, and they give the Pope's persona credit.

"Personally I believe it's not a new beginning per say but... new hopes," Sandy said.

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