Disfigured man embraced by Pope: ‘I felt only love’

This resonated in my deepest soul. I’m thankful that God gives us the ability to touch the lives of others, we are all created to be loved, and that collectively God has given us the possibility to get beyond our tribalism, indifference, and ignorance. This Pope is on the wavelength and I’m glad Catholicism has such an amazing example of living out Faith. Let’s not let the Pope so all the good work. This is a challenge (a good one) to all people. Get out there and reach out to the whole world.

CNN Belief Blog

By Daniel Burke and Livia Borghese, CNN

Rome (CNN) The photo roused emotions and sparked conversations around the world — but the man at the center of the image says the moment left him speechless.

“I tried to speak, to tell him something, but I couldn’t: The emotion was too strong,” says Vinicio Riva, the disfigured man embraced by Pope Francis in images that went viral earlier this month.

“It all lasted not more than a minute, but it seemed an eternity,” Riva told the Italian magazine Panorama this weekend.

Riva, whose body is covered with tumors due to a rare disease, said his unusual appearance has led to a lifetime of living on the margins.

That is, until he showed up at St. Peter’s Square on November 6.

Riva went to Rome on the advice of a friend with whom he travels to Lourdes, the Catholic shrine in France…

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