Little girl hand-delivers message of hope to the Pope 21



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Don’t you just love the Pope? Regardless of your religious views, there’s something heart-warming about a celebrity who isn’t afraid to break with protocol and do something “real” and Pope Francis has done that yet again, touching hearts during a visit to Washington in the US.

Sophie Cruz, the five-year-old daughter of illegal immigrants, was one of thousands of people who lined Constitution Avenue to see the Pope go past in the open-air popemobile. Sophie was a girl on a mission – to deliver a letter to the pontiff pleading for him to help her family.

The determined young girl managed to squeeze through police barricades. She was stopped by US Secret Service officers, but before they could evict her to the other side of the barrier the Pope spotted her. Instead of ignoring her, he gestured for her to come over to her and he then blessed her.

Sophie handled herself with aplomb, and gave the pontiff a letter pleading with him to do what he could to persuade the authorities to let her family stay in the US, and also help other illegal immigrants. She decided to approach the Pope because he is known to be sympathetic to migrants.

Here is what her letter said:

Pope Francis, I want to tell you that my heart is sad and I would like to ask you to speak with the president and the congress in legalizing my parents because every day I am scared that one day they will take them away from me.

I believe I have the right to live with my parents. I have the right to be happy. My dad works very hard in a factory galvanizing pieces of metal.

All immigrants just like my dad need this country. They deserve to live with dignity. They deserve to live with respect.

They deserve an immigration reform, because it benefits my country and because they have been working hard harvesting oranges watermelons, carrots, onions, spinach and other vegetables.

sophie letter

She also handed the 78-year-old pontiff a bright-yellow t-shirt with a message on it: “Pope: rescue DAPA, so the legalization would be your blessing”.

Sophie’s family were delighted with the papal blessing and their young daughter’s brave actions.

Is this the best pope we’ve ever had? Tell us what you think.

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  1. You mean – “this politician”? Forget Heart warming, he believes in that scam Global warming. Probably also believes ih fairies at the bottom of his garden.

    3 REPLY
    • Michael, global warning is not a scam. The evidence is there, many scientists agree. I have noticed myself the weather patterns here in Australia, let alone all over the world. Yes, we have weather cycles, but they are happening far quicker than in the past. The sea temperature is rising too. We can’t just ignore these signs,although many people are not interested because they won’t be around to witness the demise of planet earth.

    • I don’t believe in global warming as we have weather changing since the dinosaur ice age the wiped them out so we have had for thousand years

    • Can tell you the ocean here in Western Australia is too cold to dip a toe in and it’s almost October

  2. I have little time for the Pope or any other leader of religions that cover up abuse. In my opinion the Catholic Church, like most religious organisations, is about power, control and amassing wealth.

  3. At least he’s a bit more progressive than previous Popes.

    1 REPLY
    • Do you think God has changed over the years as well, to be more progressive …. Doubt it, so why do we need to be more progressive. Do you mean become more worldly and more accepting of sin in our life

  4. I think the little girl was out of this world. Can’t see my own grandkids ever doing something like this, but I guess they are not as desperate

  5. Sorry this is not believable 5 year olds don’t write in that manner, they are still learning. To spell and put such a letter together and say that she wrote it is wrong. However the contents of the letter is not doubted and this little girls delivery of the letter written by ? Deserves to be heard

  6. He is different but still l don’t believe that he or anyone else has the right to let people off the hook for their sins, Noone has the right to do so. How about naming and shaming the priests who have sexual interfered with children and kick them out of the church, This is what you should be doing nice to listen to the little girl but you can’t run another country especially America where their president is a muslim

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