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Pope Francis Blesses Man With Disfigured Face Displaying Healing Power Of Love

11/21/2013 01:30 pm ET | Updated Jan 23, 2014

While many spiritual leaders preach the importance of compassion, Pope Francis gives us all yet another example of what it really looks like to live a compassionate and caring life.

Just weeks after a photo of him kissing a man with a rare skin disorder moved many to tears, another picture was taken showing the pope embracing a man with a severely disfigured face.

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The Pope spoke to him and blessed him after his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Wednesday, Nov. 20. At the end of each general audience, the Pope usually dedicates some time to greeting the sick and disabled people that come to meet him.

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Vinicio Riva, the man with neurofibromatosis, told the media that he "felt only love" as the Pope embraced him.

The Pope encouraged all people to take care of the needy in a tweet earlier this week:

Love isn't a feeling-- it's an action. And this is what it looks like.

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