Last Wednesday, the leader of the world’s 1.3billion Catholics was
greeting pilgrims following his weekly public audience when the man
covered in neuronal tumors approached him, asking for a blessing.
The man suffers from a rare and painful disease called
neurofibromatosis, which causes boils, impaired vision and in some cases
Patients suffering from the ailment, which is genetic and not contagious
– are often shunned by society because of their appearance. See more photos below:
People were amazed when Pope Francis instead, kissed the man on the face and blessed him with the sign of the cross.
He was photographed with his eyes tightly shut in prayer for the man.
culled from DailyMail