& # 39; She is absolutely in the clouds & # 39; – Dublin girl (12) breaks selfie with Pope Francis




Alison Nevin with Pope Francis Photo: Twitter
Alison Nevin with Pope Francis Photo: Twitter

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The mother of a young girl who took a selfie on the podium with Pope Francis in Croke Park on Saturday night, says she is completely in the clouds

Alison Nevin, 12, from Swords in Dublin – who had been brought along as a representative of the Traveler community to meet Pope Francis during the Family Feast – saw the golden opportunity for a selfie with the leader of the Catholic Church and picked it up.

Her mother, Brigid, told the Press Association that it is important that travelers of young travelers have confidence in themselves, and Alison, who has previously met Pope Francis, is a good example to others.

She said: "It was a great experience for all of us, we got two tickets for myself and Alison to attend, but we did not expect to get up so close to him.



Pilgrims arriving at the Phoenix Park to close the mass of Pope Francis.
Picture by David Conachy.

Pilgrims arriving at the Phoenix Park to close the mass of Pope Francis.
Picture by David Conachy.

"One of the speakers brought Alison together with her, as a representative of the young traveler community.

"She was a little nervous when she was waiting on the couch to meet him, but she said the nervousness left when she got up.



Pope Francis leads the final mission of the World Meeting of Families in Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland, August 26, 2018. REUTERS / Hannah McKay

Pope Francis leads the final mission of the World Meeting of Families in Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland, August 26, 2018. REUTERS / Hannah McKay

"She said she had thought of asking him a selfie in her head, and told no one about it, but decided just to go for it.

"She is completely in the clouds, her Facebook and Instagram were jumping everywhere.



John and Mary Connors with daughter Allie and son Tom from Carlow arrive at the Phoenix Park to close the mass of Pope Francis.
Picture by David Conachy.

John and Mary Connors with daughter Allie and son Tom from Carlow arrive at the Phoenix Park to close the mass of Pope Francis.
Picture by David Conachy.

"We had to switch off the phones last night, they kept calling non-stop and the picture was shared again and again.

She starts tomorrow with her first day in high school, so she will be known to the school. & # 39;

One of the biggest cheers in Saturday's Croke Park was for activist Missy Collins who talked about travelers' families, their faith and their exclusion in Irish society – with Alison at her side, Mrs Collins asked the Pope to pray for young travelers in Ireland.

"It is very important for us to have members of the traveling community represented for young people," added Brigid.

"Now that Alison is so young, she has set a trend for her peers to have confidence in themselves and to do it."

The event in Croke Park marked the second time that Alison had a meeting with Pope Francis.

Because of the suffering of a number of medical problems in the past, she and her mother were gifted tickets to a papal mass and traveled to Rome to meet the Pope and give him a gift three years ago.

Brigid said: "This is actually her second time meeting the Pope, we traveled to Rome three years ago, where she got a special audience with the Pope as the first traveler child he met that day.

"Alison was in and out of the hospital at that time and we got tickets for us to meet him.

"He came from the platform and met her, and she was able to give him a gift.

"Alison would be religious in herself, she has a very strong faith, so to get this experience, she is just about the moon."

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