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Day 7: Grateful for a Leader Who Walks in Love

On November 6, 2013, at his General Audience at the Vatican, Pope Francis walks his talk once again.

On November 6, 2013, at his General Audience at the Vatican, Pope Francis walks his talk once again.

I am always–always–grateful for signs that the entire world is not giving in to the dark grip of fear, oppression, and hatred as some of our news outlets would have us believe.

Today, that sign is a series of photos of Pope Francis comforting and kissing the head of man badly disfigured by a neurological disorder, neurofibromatosis, which may cause mental impairment, hearing and vision loss, other nerve damage, and a profusion of tumors.

The man’s face is largely hidden from view by the Pope’s embrace but you can see his scalp and neck are so riddled that the skin covering them appears bubbled.

It’s not the first time this new pope has heartened me with his authenticity and his compassion. One of his very first acts was to wash the feet of prisoners, both men and women. Continue reading