Pope Francis Photo Praying With Tumor-Covered Man Goes Viral

Thursday, 07 Nov 2013 12:20 PM

By Alexandra Ward

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A powerful photo of Pope Francis embracing a severely disfigured man covered in tumors touched the hearts of people all over the world this week as the image went viral on social media.

It happened Wednesday after the pontiff's general address in St. Peter's Square. He approached the man, tenderly kissed his head, and prayed with him for several moments as they embraced, the man burying his head in the pope's chest.

The photos drew an emotional reaction from Twitter users, who saw it as a poignant display of compassion.

The man likely suffers from neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes thousands of tumors to grow on a person's nerve tissue underneath the skin, according to CNN Health.

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