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Old 11-07-2013, 03:42 PM   #1
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Pope Francis and the Elephant Man

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/11/07/w...race/index.html

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(CNN) -- 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.

"I'm an atheist, but the more I hear about Pope Francis, the more I like him," Donna Hosie tweeted.

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.

"Lord, teach us to step outside ourselves," he tweeted in August. "Teach us to go out into the streets and manifest your love."

A month later, he echoed the same sentiment.

"True charity requires courage: let us overcome the fear of getting our hands dirty so as to help those in need," he tweeted.

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 man the Pope comforted suffers from neurofibromatosis, according to the Catholic News Agency. The genetic disorder causes pain and thousands of tumors throughout the body. It leads to hearing and vision loss, heart and blood vessel complications, and severe disability from nerve compression by tumors.

The disease is associated with Joseph Merrick, known as The Elephant Man, who became a famous figure in London society and the subject of a play and film. But in the 1980s, a study by Canadian geneticists found that Merrick instead suffered from Proteus syndrome.
The event Wednesday marked the latest in a series of memorable encounters for the Pope.


Picture is in the link and it makes me want to barf.
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Old 11-07-2013, 03:43 PM   #2
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Old 11-07-2013, 03:44 PM   #3
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is this a sequel? i thought David Lynch didn't do movies anymore.
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Old 11-07-2013, 03:46 PM   #4
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is this a sequel? i thought David Lynch didn't do movies anymore.

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Old 11-07-2013, 03:53 PM   #7
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He may be an alright guy, but he's the head of the Catholic church, possibly one of the most corrupt institutions in the world, which doesn't think twice about helping pedophiles hid from the law, helping the spread of aids (Claiming condoms increase risk of aids, in Africa) and one that preaches giving yet is probably richer than some countries.
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Old 11-07-2013, 03:58 PM   #9
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Brad do you make these threads cause you know no one will read your comments if you post it on reddit
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Old 11-07-2013, 04:01 PM   #10
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He may be an alright guy, but he's the head of the Catholic church, possibly one of the most corrupt institutions in the world, which doesn't think twice about helping pedophiles hid from the law, helping the spread of aids (Claiming condoms increase risk of aids, in Africa) and one that preaches giving yet is probably richer than some countries.


I'm no paedophilephile, but hasn't Pope Francis acknowledged that there is corruption within the Church and set up at least a body to investigate and attack financial corruption in the Vatican?
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Brad do you make these threads cause you know no one will read your comments if you post it on reddit

This isn't even a #bradthread you dumbass
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Old 11-07-2013, 04:06 PM   #12
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Old 11-07-2013, 04:06 PM   #13
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I'm no paedophilephile, but hasn't Pope Francis acknowledged that there is corruption within the Church and set up at least a body to investigate and attack financial corruption in the Vatican?

i think he called in that super corrupt bishop from Germany.

don't know what ended up happening though.
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Old 11-07-2013, 04:09 PM   #14
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I thought the pope died a few years ago....

and I thought we called him John Paul the Second.
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i think he called in that super corrupt bishop from Germany.

don't know what ended up happening though.


He was suspended and they're turning his $42m mansion into a refuge for the poor.

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I've never seen a pope that actually gets things done before.
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He was suspended and they're turning his $42m mansion into a refuge for the poor.

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I've never seen a pope that actually gets things done before.

ah, good.
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I thought the pope died a few years ago....

and I thought we called him John Paul the Second.

bro that was 2 popes ago. lrn2pope
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This isn't even a #bradthread you dumbass

I haven't been following your meme please forgive me
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