Pope Francis Applauded for Kissing, Blessing Disabled Man Covered With Tumors

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 7, 2013   |   5:11PM   |   The Vatican

The praise for Pope Francis since becoming the leader of the Catholic Church has been consistent over the last several months. Catholics and Protestants alike have showered him with praise for not only his pro-life position but his willingness to show extended love and support for the disabled.

Just days after getting international acclaim for letting a teen with Down Syndrome take a spin in the Popemobile, Pope Francis is drawing accolades for showing love to a disabled man covered in boils.The Pope wasted no time in kissing and blessing the man.

Bill Hallowell at The Blaze has more on what happened:

On Wednesday, Pope Francis took the time to do one simple thing that has now captivated the globe: He embraced and prayed with a man who was covered in tumors in St. Peter’s Square.

The encounter between the pontiff and the unnamed individual reportedly unfolded after Pope Francis addressed his general audience and the man approached the Catholic leader and asked to be blessed.

The afflicted individual reportedly suffers from neurofibromatosis, a disease described by the Mayo Clinic as a “genetic disorder that disturbs cell growth in your nervous system, causing tumors to form on nerve tissue.”



While individuals suffering from neurofibromatosis are sometimes shunned as a result of their appearance, Pope Francis wasted no time kissing the man’s face, embracing him and offering up a blessing.

Neurofibromatosis is not contagious.