(News.com.au) A touching image of Pope Francis tenderly embracing a severely disfigured man in St Peter's Square has gone viral.
Pope Francis kissed and blessed the man, whose face was covered in boils, after his general address at the Vatican on Wednesday. The pope laid his hands on the head of the sick man, who is believed to be suffering from the rare disease Neurofibromatosis, and closed his eyes in prayer.
Pope Francis has drawn comparisons to his namesake, St. Francis of Assisi — the revered 13th-century holy figure who was known for his kindly nature and love for the sick and poor.
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