Local Group Could Witness History In Vatican City

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Some people from the north country could be on hand when a new pope is chosen in Vatican City.

St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church in Watertown is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

As part of those celebrations, some parishioners are travelling to Italy for the next 11 days to reconnect with the church's southern Italian heritage.

The 44 travelers are also expected to arrive in Rome just as the election of a new pope is underway at the vatican.

"We're hoping that we get a chance to see the white smoke," said Frank Gorri, one of the travelers.

"To be present in St. Peter's Square when the name is revealed would be awesome," said Father Don Robinson, pastor of St. Anthony's Church.

The travelers boarded a bus at the church, toasted the start of their trip with some red wine and hit the road.

The church has scheduled events every month this year to recognize its 100 years in Watertown.
 

Friday, October 31, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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