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Pope Francis Embraces Man With A Disfigured Face During Weekly Audience

Weeks after the pope kissed and prayed with a man suffering from neorofibromatosis, he once again took time to bless a man with severe facial deformities.

Posted on November 21, 2013, at 1:42 p.m. ET

After Wednesday's general audience in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis once again took the time to meet with a severely disfigured man.

Evandro Inetti / ZUMA PRESS

The pope hugged the man and blessed him.

AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia

Pope Francis has embraced the long-standing tradition of popes to greet disabled men, women and children after general audiences.

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Earlier this week, the pope tweeted this poignant message to his more than three million followers:

The Saints were not superhuman. They were people who loved God in their hearts, and who shared this joy with others.

Pope Francis

@Pontifex

The Saints were not superhuman. They were people who loved God in their hearts, and who shared this joy with others.

/ Via

To be saints is not a privilege for the few, but a vocation for everyone.

Pope Francis

@Pontifex

To be saints is not a privilege for the few, but a vocation for everyone.

/ Via

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