Clip_27Pope Francis took the time the other day to do one simple thing: He embraced and prayed with a man covered in tumors in St. Peter’s Square.

The encounter between the pontiff and the unnamed individual took place after Francis addressed his general audience, when the man approached the Catholic leader and asked to be blessed.

The man reportedly suffers from neurofibromatosis, which according to the Mayo Clinic is a “genetic disorder that disturbs cell growth in your nervous system, causing tumors to form on nerve tissue.” It is not contagious.

Clip_26While individuals with neurofibromatosis are sometimes shunned because of their appearance, Francis wasted no time kissing the man’s face, embracing him and offering up a blessing.