A girl who rushed up to Pope Francis to deliver a hand written letter has been named as Gabriella, who travelled 13,000km to the UAE from Colombia to see the pontiff.
On Tuesday, as the Pope arrived in a white G-Wagen to deliver a large open-air Mass at Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the child pushed through security and ran to the car, handing over a card she had made for him.
An Emirati security official lifted her up to him, and the Pope blessed her as tears filled her eyes. She was then followed by a second girl.
Speaking to the media during his flight back to Rome, Pope Francis said of Gabriella: “She was courageous. That girl has a future.”
Video clips of the girl’s brave dash has been shared across social media all over the world.
First Published 07.02.19: https://www.thenational.ae/uae/the-courageous-girl-who-rushed-up-to-pope-francis-travelled-across-the-globe-1.822541