ORIGINALLY FROM BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA, DANIELA FRANCO IS FEATURES EDITOR FOR THE DESERT SUN, A USA TODAY AND GANNETT PUBLICATION, BASED OUT OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA.

SHE HAS PREVIOUSLY WRITTEN FOR NBC NEWSTHE NEW YORK TIMES STUDENT JOURNALISM INSTITUTE AND TAKEPART.COM.

SHE STUDIED JOURNALISM, SOCIOLOGY AND LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY'S GALLATIN SCHOOL OF INDIVIDUALIZED STUDY.

In New York, Excitement And Gratitude Over Papal Visit

In New York, Excitement And Gratitude Over Papal Visit

As Pope Francis took over New York City on Thursday, countless of followers waited for him by barricades in closed streets. Although the possibilities of seeing the Pope were slim, many braved the crowds and strict security measures just for a chance to catch a glimpse of the Pontiff.

One fan, standing by the barricade across the Trump Tower, told Telemundo that the Pope's visit was simply necessary. "It is very necessary for humanity, we needed it," he said, "I see the changes in people, the kindness, it's how they are all feeling."

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'Los Abandonados' Documentary Probes Argentina Bombing, Prosecutor's Death

'Los Abandonados' Documentary Probes Argentina Bombing, Prosecutor's Death

After Historic Colombia Peace Agreement, Optimism and Concern

After Historic Colombia Peace Agreement, Optimism and Concern