Little girl shares immigration message with pope

Posted at 10:30 AM, Sep 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-24 10:30:30-04

A girl who was handed up to the pope during Pope Francis' parade in Washington shared a message about immigration.

Alicia Flores of La Hermandad, an immigration advocacy group, says the girl is Sophie Cruz.

Sophie got beyond a barricade and approached the popemobile Wednesday morning, carrying a T-shirt bearing a message about the status of immigrant parents of children born in the United States. She also carried a letter addressed to Pope Francis that bore her name and address in suburban Los Angeles.

Sophie shied back when a bodyguard came near. But when the pope gestured to her, she allowed the bodyguard to pick her up and bring her forward for a papal kiss and blessing. A guard passed the shirt and message into the popemobile.