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A Journey To See Pope Francis

Oct 1, 2015

Pope Francis' historic visit to Philadelphia this past weekend drew more than a million people. Among them was WGLT's Judy Valente, who accompanied a group of pilgrims from central Illinois. They drove through the night in a van to get there, hoping for a glimpse of the man in white. They got that and much more.

Here's their story.

It was revealed Wednesday that the Pope met secretly with Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue same sex marriage licenses. The reason for the meeting was unclear, since Davis is not Catholic. The Pope avoided mentioning the words same sex marriage during his visit. However, he stressed the importance of religious freedom several times.  Same sex marriage remains a controversial issue. The church opposes it, but a growing number of Catholics say they recognize it as a matter of civil rights for gays. Willis Kern talks with reporter Judith Valente about this post-script to the twist in the story.