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.
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.
The pope then laid his hands on the man's head and began to pray.
Ellie Hall is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC.
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