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Girl appeals to Pope for immigration help

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 01:17

A five-year-old hands Pope Francis a letter asking him for help in preventing her parents from being deported. Diane Hodges reports.

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For many, seeing Pope Francis in person was a dream come true. But for this girl, it was even more special. Five-year-old Sophie Cruz was born in the U.S.. Her parents are undocumented immigrants -- in danger of deportation. An advocacy group flew Sophie and her dad to Washington, D.C. from L.A. to see the pope. When he rode by, she handed him a letter. SOUNDBITE: SOPHIE READING FROM LETTER,SAYING: "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." Back in L.A., Sophie's mother was watching. SOUNDBITE: MOTHER ZOYLA CRUZ, SAYING: "I said, 'there's my Sophie!' I'm so proud of her because she's achieved her dream." When the pope met with Catholic bishops a short time later, he urged them to do everything possible to help immigrants. SOUNDBITE: POPE FRANCIS, SAYING: "Not only as the bishop of Rome, but also as a pastor coming from the South, I feel the need to thank and encourage you. Offer them the warmth of the love of Christ. I am certain that...these people will enrich America and its Church." Her church in L.A. held a special Mass in her honor, to pray that Sophie will achieve another dream, and see her parents free from the fear of deportation.

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Girl appeals to Pope for immigration help

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 01:17