- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A family from Argentina on a papal pilgrimage to Philadelphia has arrived after a 13,000-mile trip in an old Volkswagen van.

Catire (cah-TEE’-ray) Walker and Noel Zemborain (zem-bor-YN’) and their four children finished their six-month journey this week.

They are now attending the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. It’s a Vatican-sponsored conference that Pope Francis will close on Saturday. He’ll also celebrate a public Mass on Sunday.

Zemborain says the family passed through 13 countries and stayed with dozens of host families. The 35-year-old van is named Francisca. Although it broke down a few times, they were always able to fix it.

The family plans to continue their journey until November, when they will fly home from Miami. A relative will drive the van from Florida back to Argentina.

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