Moving photographs show Pope Francis embracing man disfigured by disease
Following his general audience in St Peter's Square Pope Francis kissed and blessed the man, whose face was covered in tumours
In a moving image that conveys compassion and humanity, Pope Francis was pictured yesterday tenderly comforting a man suffering from a rare disease that has caused him to develop neuronal tumors all over his body.
Following his general audience in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis kissed and blessed the man, whose face was covered in tumours, as he closed his eyes in prayer.
According to the Catholic News Agency the man was suffering from neurofibromatosis, a illness that can lead to impaired vision, learning impairment and can be extremely painful.
The disease is genetic and is not contagious.
During his earlier address at the Vatican the Pope had asked people to pray for a sick girl that he had just met.
Pope Francis has made humility the cornerstone of his Papacy so far and has a stated aim of making the church more inclusive.
Pope Francis caresses a sick person in Saint Peter's Square
In March, following his selection as the new Pope, Francis tweeted: “True power is service. The pope must serve all people, especially the poor, the weak, the vulnerable.”
One of his first acts as Pope was to visit prisoners at a youth detention centre near Rome. As part of a Maundy Thursday service he washed the prisoners' feet.
The image of Pope Francis embracing the man drew comparisons with the story of St. Francis of Assisi comforting a leper.
As Voltaire once said, “Ice cream is exquisite. What a pity it isn’t illegal”
- 1 'Alien thigh bone' on Mars: Excitement from alien hunters at 'evidence' of extraterrestrial life
- 2 Mother fed her daughter tapeworms to make her skinny for pageant
- 3 Crystal Palace next manager latest: Palace consider Ally McCoist - EXCLUSIVE
- 4 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 5 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
'Alien thigh bone' on Mars: Excitement from alien hunters at 'evidence' of extraterrestrial life
West poised to join forces with President Assad in face of Islamic State
Pamela Anderson rejects ice bucket challenge because of ALS experiments on animals: 'Mice had holes drilled into their skulls'
James Foley 'beheaded': Isis video shows militant with British accent 'execute US journalist' – as hunt begins for killer
ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
Negotiable: Harrington Starr: Market Administrator (1st line Support, Trade Fl...
£35000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Service Desk Analyst (Windows, Active Dire...
Negotiable: Harrington Starr: Data Support Analyst (Linux, Solaris, Windows Se...
Negotiable: Harrington Starr: Helpdesk Support Engineer (Windows, MS Office, E...