A Family in Argentina Is Driving 11,000 Miles to See the Pope
"We will very much enjoy getting to know new churches in every town we go through," mother of four Noël Zemborain told the Catholic News Agency
Noël Zemborain and her husband Alfredo “Catire” Walker have plans to take their four children on a road trip. But they aren’t embarking on your average lengthy family car ride across the state, or even the country.
The Argentina-based family of six is piling into a Volkswagen camper and traveling more than 11,000 miles to Philadelphia to arrive in time for the World Meeting of Families 2015 with Pope Francis in September, the Catholic News Agency reported Thursday.
Just how long will the journey from Argentina to the Pennsylvania metropolis take? Seven months.
The family – who is already Philly-bound – started the trip with a send-off Mass at the Marian Shrine of Lujén in Buenos Aires on March 7, according to CNA.
The couple and their four kids (d Cala, 12, Dimas, 8, Mia, 5, and Carmen, 2½) will make a pit stop in Santiago, Chile, before traveling up the Pacific Coast through Peru. They will then drive through Ecuador, Columbia, Central America and Mexico before reaching the U.S. border, while also setting aside time to practice their Christian life, CNA reported.
“We’re not hippies!” the France-born mother told the news outlet. “For us the Catholic faith, the Christian life has to be part of our life. We will very much enjoy getting to know new churches in every town we go through. This will come very naturally to us and will also be a part of our conversations with others.”
“The family is everything and we want to say it,” she said.
This is the eighth World Meeting of Families event. The celebration, which honors the institution of family, will be held in Philadelphia from Sept. 22-27.