Pope Francis blesses a sick man after his general audience in St. Peter's Square Nov. 20, 2013. Credit: Evandro Inetti/ZUMAPRESS.com.
His actions have touched many across the world and revitalised the Catholic church.
But for Pope Francis, comforting this stricken man after today's weekly audience in St Peter's Square was another simple act of compassion.
In scenes strikingly similar to his encounter with the disfigured Vinicio Riva two weeks before, the pontiff first spoke with the worshipper and then put his arms around him, blessing him.
The man's identity is not known, nor are the details of what caused such terrible damage to his face.