By Faith Karimi, CNN
Pope Francis caresses a man suffering from a rare disease on Wednesday, November 6, in St. Peter’s Square.
It was the embrace that melted hearts worldwide.
Pope Francis, pausing for a moment to pray and lay his hands on a man with a disfiguring disease. The man gently burying his head in the Pope’s chest, his many facial tumors visible.
His encounter with the ailing man occurred in Vatican City on Wednesday at the end of the general audience, which had about 50,000 attendees.
Images of the Pope’s embrace in St. Peter’s Square went viral on social media.
Some say Pope Francis is living up to the ideals of his namesake, Francis of Assisi, a preeminent figure who considered himself a servant to the poor and destitute.
Since taking over as the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, the Pope has highlighted the need to reach out to the poor and afflicted.
A month later, he echoed the same sentiment.
The Pope has called for open interaction with people from all walks of life, especially the poor, weak and vulnerable.
And he is practicing what he preaches.
The moment marked the latest in a series of memorable encounters for the Pope.
CNN’s Hada Messia contributed to this report.
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