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(WASHINGTON) —  Little Sophia Cruz was on a mission. The 5-year-old traveled from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. with her family and fellow church members to see Pope Francis.

She, along with thousands of others, waited on a crowded Constitution Avenue sidewalk for hours. It was the first papal parade of this historic U.S. trip for the pontiff and Sophia wanted to see the leader of her family’s faith.

As the pope made that turn onto Constitution Avenue in his Popemobile, little Sophia managed to get past the metal fence. The pint-size girl stepped into the roadway where she was met by towering figures of the U.S. Secret Service. At first, they tried to stop her, but that’s when she made eye contact with the pope.

What happened next shouldn’t be a surprise.

Pope Francis waved little Sophia over. She handed him the letter she wrote for him months ago and he blessed her. Then Sophia was handed off back into the arms of her father Raul Cruz.

Sophia said she doesn’t remember what she wrote in that letter to the pope, but she knows it made her feel “happy.”

Her father speaks little English but said the experience made him “so happy, so excited.”

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