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Local student, the daughter of immigrants, travels to see Pope

As the daughter of Indian immigrants, Fernandes hopes the Pope’s message about immigration will ring loud in the halls of Congress. (Source: Flickr Commons) As the daughter of Indian immigrants, Fernandes hopes the Pope’s message about immigration will ring loud in the halls of Congress. (Source: Flickr Commons)
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The weight of the building is simply breathtaking - especially for someone who's seeing it for the first time. But pair that with a chance to see the Pope, and it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

And That's exactly what happened for one New Orleans woman who at this time last week had no idea she'd be in D.C.

 "On Tuesday morning I was getting ready to go to class, actually pretty cool, Justice Scalia was coming to speak to our class, and my brother sends me a message in the family group text,” said Megha Fernandes. “And he was like, ‘Hey, so I have two tickets to the White House greeting ceremony for the Pope, who wants to go?” And I was like, ‘Me!’"

 Fernandes, a former Dominican High student and Ben Franklin graduate, wasted no time, hopping on a plane hours later just in time to catch the Pope on Wednesday. She then hung out for his Congressional address, a speech she knows will inspire girls just like her.

"I think Pope Francis has really come a long way,” she said. “Thirty thousand people are here today, including so many young people. I think that's just testament to his passion for humanity. He doesn't really only go by the book, he speaks genuinely about what people are thinking, what people want to hear."

As the daughter of Indian immigrants, Fernandes hopes the Pope’s message about immigration will ring loud in the halls of Congress.

"As he said, the country needs to support each other - that's how we become the unified nation we were founded on is accepting people who come in, accepting the hard workers, the people who want a better life,” she said. Just the dreamers. The American dream."

The Capitol is now quiet, and it's hard to imagine the Pope was here this morning. But much easier to imagine is that his message will resonate for some time here.

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