Pope Francis Kisses Severely Disfigured Man And Prays With Him

Pope Francis blessed a man with facial deformities during today’s general audience at the Vatican. posted on

1. Pope Francis was departing St. Peter’s Square after Wednesday’s general audience when he saw a severely disfigured man amidst the crowd of worshippers.

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Lord, teach us to step outside ourselves. Teach us to go out into the streets and manifest your love.

3. Ignoring the deformities covering the man’s face and neck, Pope Francis descended from his vehicle, walked to the sick man, and kissed him on the forehead.

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True charity requires courage: let us overcome the fear of getting our hands dirty so as to help those in need.

5. The pope then laid his hands on the man’s head and began to pray.

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True power is service. The Pope must serve all people, especially the poor, the weak, the vulnerable.

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