WATCH: Pope Francis Stops His Motorcade to Bless Daughter of Immigrants

By the Web Editors 9-23-2015
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Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.”

Pope Francis paraded through Washington D.C., on Sept. 23, and took Jesus’ words literally.

After Francis’ security detachment turned away a young girl who had gotten over the barricade fence to greet him, he quickly called her over for a blessing.

According to a local news station in Los Angeles, 5-year-old Sofi Cruz was urging the pope to support immigration reform. NBC4 reports:

In an interview with NBC4 before the trip, Sofi said she wanted Pope Francis to speak personally to President Barack Obama about legalizing all immigrants. Her parents are immigrants from Oaxaca, Mexico, Sofi said.

She didn't get a chance to say anything to the Pope, but told Telemundo that she was happy to meet him and give him a yellow shirt. The shirt included the message, "Papa Rescate DAPA" -- Pope Rescue DAPA, which stands for deferred action for parents of Americans.


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