Pope Francis once again proved himself to be the 'people's pope' when he gave chance to a five-year-old girl to meet him despite heavy security during his visit to Washington DC on 23 September.
On Wednesday, many followers of the pontiff were anxiously waiting for him to pass through the National Mall.
When little Sophie Cruz, who was also waiting, tried to cross the barricades to meet the pontiff, she was blocked by the security staff.
After seeing it, the Pope asked the security guards to bring the little girl to him, kissed on her cheek and blessed her. The girl also handed him a T-shirt with a letter, requesting him to help in pushing immigration reforms.
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Cruz had travelled to Washington DC with her father Raúl and many other immigrants from the Nuestra Senora Reina de Los Angeles parish in Los Angeles. Her parents have immigrated from Oaxaca, Mexico and she is an American citizen. Like many others, Sophie also fears separation from her parents as they hold different immigration status.
Meanwhile, during his historic speech before the US Congress on Thursday, the 78-year-old pontiff beseeched Americans to end hostility towards the immigrants and said the United States must not turn its back on "the stranger in our midst."
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Meanwhile, another kid, Eva, who hails from Kerala was also blessed by Pope Francis during his visit to the US.