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Man With Disfigured Face Whose Embrace With Pope Francis Touched the World Dies

National Catholic Register
Pope Francis embraces Vinicio Riva after the general audience on Nov. 6, 2013.

A picture of the tender encounter between Vinicio Riva — who suffered from neurofibromatosis type 1, a genetic disorder that can result in skin lesions — and the Pope in 2013 represented one of the most emotional and impactful moments of Francis’ pontificate.