As I was watching live news coverage of Pope Francis’ visit in Washington D.C., a little girl caught my attention.
Today the world will be talking about this girl, daughter of immigrants and how she was able to see Pope Francis face-to-face.
A man named Raul told Telemundo he was an immigrant and the father of the little girl named “Sophie.” He said he and his family were hoping to get a glimpse of Pope Francis as he passed by them on a Washington D.C. street lined with thousands of people.
Raul’s daughter broke through heavy security in excitement as the Pope mobile got closer. Secret Service and the Pope’s security tried to get Sophie back behind the barricades, but she kept trying to get the Pope’s attention as his vehicle drove by.
Pope Francis saw Sophie and waved security to bring her to him. Security quickly rushed the girl to the Pope and he gave her a soft hug and kiss on the head. Sophie wrapped her little arm around his neck. Then as security placed her back on the ground on her feet, the little girl quickly turn back to the pope and handed him a letter and yellow t-shirt.
Her father told Telemundo that the letter was asking Pope Francis to help all immigrant children in the world. He said that immigrants in the U.S. need protection from violence, racism and especially against people who have hate for immigrants. Sophie’s father told Telemundo that he is an immigrant who goes out to work everyday, and works hard to provide for his family.
One tenacious little girl has touched the heart of Pope Francis and has spoken for immigrant families struggling today in the U.S.
Sophie has made a difference.
I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about Sophie and her family for days to come.
Update: According to CBS News, the little girl is 5-year-old Sophie Cruz. She’s from South Gate, California.