VATICAN CITY — At the end of the Nov. 6 general audience in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis drew attention by warmly embracing a man who suffers from a rare disease causing neuronal tumors all over his body.
The man was identified as suffering from neurofibromatosis, which causes great pain and can result in impaired vision, learning impairment and even cancer, according to the nonprofit research group Mayo Clinic. Treatment of the condition is very complicated.
People with this disease — which is genetic and not contagious — often face discrimination because of their appearance.
As he carried out his typical greeting of pilgrims at the conclusion of the general audience, Pope...READ MORE