Father freed after daughter talks to Pope

Francis intervenes

A man has been released from immigration detention in the United States after his 10-year-old daughter travelled to the Vatican to plead with Pope Francis for help, reports AAP in The Herald Sun.

Mario Vargas was freed from a facility in Louisiana on Friday after posting a $A5410 bond. A relative who saw the girl on television appealing to the Pope during a public audience helped with the funding, said his wife, Lola Vargas.

'When she left, her wish was that her father would be home,' she told The Associated Press in Spanish. 'Thank God she is going to get her wish.'

Mario Vargas' release came after his daughter Jersey, of Panorama City, California, addressed the Pope last week as part of a California delegation which travelled to Rome to urge the Vatican to prod President Barack Obama on immigration reform.

The girl and a teenager went as part of the 16-member group to represent the American children of immigrant parents who are afraid their families could be divided by deportation.

The President and the Pontiff met for the first time on Thursday. 'I feel very happy and proud because I'm finally going to have my dad back and we're going to be reunited,' Jersey told the AP late on Friday before boarding a flight from Rome to Los Angeles.

FULL STORY Girl talks to pope, dad freed (AAP/The Herald Sun)

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