Meet Sophie Cruz, the 5-Year-Old Who Stopped Pope Francis in His Tracks

During his parade in Washington D.C., Pope Francis brought proceedings to a sudden halt when he realized a little girl was trying to sneak in and get a bit closer to him. After noticing security officers reacting to the girl, Pope Francis stopped the security officers and asked them to bring her over.

Here’s what happened:

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Pope Francis and the girl embraced and the girl handed Pope Francis a letter.



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Cruz said: “Pope Francis, I want to tell you my heart is very sad because I’m afraid that one day, my parents may be deported by ICE. I have a right to live with my parents. I have a right to happiness. My parents work very hard… immigrants like my father help contribute to this country.”

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