WASHINGTON (WJLA) — It's eleventh hour preparations along Rhode Island Ave.
Workers putting up risers directly across from Saint Matthews Cathedral, one of the major venues for Pope Francis' visit to the Nation's Capital.
"I think it's great that he's here. I really like him," said Jennifer Reising, a Catholic worshiper.
It will be a busy day for the Pontiff and for D.C.- area Catholics on Wednesday.
Among the highlights, a Papal parade at the Ellipse at 10:30 a.m. Then a prayer service at Saint Matthews at 11:30 a.m.
One of the most anticipated events, the 4:00 p.m. Mass at the National Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, which is expected to draw thousands.
"The people are expecting some changes in the church and he's making these changes for good. I think he is what we're expecting," said Carlos Leon, D.C. resident. "That energizes people."
Security will be tight at many locations.
Even though there will be logistical and traffic issues, there's a sense of anticipation in the air.
"I feel like he is hope in a very conservative church," Resising added.