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One of the world’s most renowned Catholic journalists, John Allen from the National Catholic Reporter, bumped into the Alaska pilgrims who are in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the international World Youth Day gathering with Pope Francis.

Allen, the senor correspondent for NCR, has reported on the Catholic Church at the international level for the past 13 years, covering a wide variety of important Vatican events.

In Rio de Janeiro this month he found an intriguing story in the improbable journey that Alaska pilgrims undertook to make it to Brazil.

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