Pope Francis is making international headlines after a simple gesture reminiscent of St. Francis Assisi, the 13th century Catholic Friar who supposedly kissed a leper.
A man with neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes tumors to form on nerve tissue, reportedly approached the Pope in St. Peters Square asking to be blessed. The non-contagious disorder causes boils to form all over the man's body, a sight some are turned off by.
Pope Francis promptly embraced the man and kissed his face, the U.K. Daily Mail reports. His actions have caused an outpouring of support.
One reader commented "Big ups for the Pope. I'm not Catholic, but I like this guy. He's living the example of Christ and is a humble servant."
Another tweeted, "Pope Francis kisses a man plagued with boils. He reminds me of a Jewish Carpenter from Nazareth."