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Jesuit students return with memories of seeing the Pope

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3 million people were in Rio de Janeiro Brazil for "World Youth Day." More than thirty nine students from Jesuit High in Tampa were among those traveling to Brazil for the event.

The group spent 15 days touring Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil, staying in schools, churches and even on the beach.  No surprise, seeing the pope is the event they're all talking about.

"It was really overwhelming. When you can see all of the thousands and millions of people there…and when you see him you just go crazy. It's just overwhelming," said R.C. Conseugra.

The teens managed to get right up close to the pope as he sped by in the Pope mobile, or prayed near a statue. "Seeing the pope was awesome. We saw him like 3 times. The first time, I was on by brother's shoulders to get a picture.  We were just switching back and forth. But it was hectic," said Philip Mcelroy.

"He [Pope Francis] went into the crowd, grabbed a couple of babies and kissed them. It just shows how sincere he is, truthfully. He is just is very about people really," said Anthony Zucco.

The pope made news on the plane ride back to the Vatican when he told reporters he is not the one to judge gays. Some of the returning pilgrims commented on the pope's message. "It doesn't surprise me at all. I mean at the mass, the final mass, there was [sic] people from every language and every race and every culture," said Nick Mcelroy.

"I think he was really restating the Catholic Church's position which is to love each and every person" said Father Matthew Gamber.

The pope's words may have a lasting effect.

For the teens that traveled to Brazil, having the chance to see him in person will be remembered for a lifetime.

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