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Emotional Moment Pope Francis Left His Seat To Kiss Neurofibromatosis Sufferer (PHOTOS)


Act of kindness: Pope Francis (left) comforts a man covered in boils in Saint Peter's Square at the end of his General Audience in Vatican City

In a show of what Christianity is all about,Pope Francis concluded Wednesday’s general audience in St Peter’s Square in Rome by kissing a man covered in growths and joining him in prayer.

Photos of the pontiff embracing the severely disfigured man have gone viral online, with commenters praising the pope for his compassion and kindness.

Francis Francis
Culled from Daily Mail

In Italian press, the pope has drawn comparisons to his illustrious namesake, St Francis of Assisi – a revered 13th century holy figure, who according to legend kissed a leper he had encountered on a road after receiving a message from God. 
The man reportedly suffers from a rare and painful disease called neurofibromatosis, which causes growths, impaired vision and in some cases cancer, according to the Catholic News Agency.

Patients suffering from the ailment, which is genetic and not contagious – are often shunned by society because of their appearance.

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On Wednesday, the leader of the world’s 1.3billion Catholics was greeting pilgrims following his weekly public audience when he took a break to comfort the disfigured believer.

Pope Francis then kissed the man on the face and blessed him. He was photographed with his eyes tightly shut in prayer.

Wow!! How many likes for this pontiff?

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