Dohn said she also saw Pope John Paul II while she was a student at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia.

"When he came to Philadelphia in 1979, I was in college and I was able to see him in the open air Mass in Logan Circle," Dohn said.

"It was a turning point in faith for me, to witness Pope John Paul in person and all the people that were united together for that occasion," she said.

"I was so moved to be part of the universal church gathered together in one place, as this was my first time seeing a pope in person," she said. "It made you feel part of something bigger and it was so exciting to know that the Pope was right there with you where you lived and worked and went to school."


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Watching a Pope that she saw in person become a saint was indescribable, she said.

"There are no words to express how much this experience has meant to me," Dohn said, taking a deep pause. "There was no way I was going to miss seeing this live on TV."

She wanted to add "how much it meant to all of us who were Catholic to have two popes, two living popes, there in the canonization ceremony."

A group of John Carroll students saw Pope Francis via TV screen when they visited Rome on April 16, during Holy Week.

They said they were in the back of the large crowd for the Pope's general audience address.

Being in Rome just before two Popes were declared saints "was cool," the students said.

"It made the whole experience more important and something to remember forever," Makda Amdetsyon said.

Morgan Ray said the canonization ceremony made her think: "That's crazy, I just saw him [Francis]."

Lindsey McCumber said she is not Catholic, but being there "is still cool because he is an international figure."

Lily Liu, a foreign exchange student, also liked seeing all the hubbub.

"It's cool seeing how excited people are," Lily said.