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I heard about the Pope’s affection for a little boy who ran up to him in October. Wasn’t there another recent poignant encounter as well?

BY The Editors

Dec. 1-14, 2013 Issue | Posted 11/22/13 at 5:44 PM


Yes, at a recent audience, the Holy Father greeted a disfigured man.

"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," reported Catholic News Agency.

"Pope Francis paused for several minutes to receive the sick man in his arms. Moments later, he took the man’s face in his hands, kissed him and gave him a blessing. The gesture is the latest in a series of actions by the Holy Father that have drawn attention for their warmth and affection towards the marginalized in society."

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