Skip to comments.'It was like being in Paradise. I felt only love': Terribly disfigured man who was held by Pope
Posted on 11/18/2013 7:20:58 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
The shockingly disfigured man, whose full-body tumours were lovingly kissed by the Pope, has been revealed as a 53-year-old Italian suffering from a rare genetic disease.
Vinicio Rivas entire body has been ravaged by the growths, a symptom of neorofibramatosis, which is not contagious.
Earlier this month his picture shot round the world, when he was emotionally embraced by Pope Francis, at one of the pontiffs weekly audiences in Rome.
The severely disabled man, who is shunned in the street, and has induced horror even in his doctors, has for the first time described the encounter, saying that being caressed by Francis was like being in Paradise.
He told Italian news magazine Panorama he was left speechless when Pope did not hesitate to touch him.
He said: His hands were so soft. And his smile was so clear and open. But the thing that struck me most is that there has not been thinking about whether or not to hug me. I'm not contagious, but he did not know. But he just did it: he caressed me all over my face, and as he did I felt only love.
He recollected the meeting of a fortnight ago: 'First I kissed his hand while he, with the other hand, caressed my head and wounds. Then he drew me to him in a strong embrace, kissing my face.
'My head was against his chest his arms were wrapped around me. It lasted just over a minute, but to me it seemed like an eternity.'
Mr Riva was accompanied to the Vatican's St Peter's square by his aunt, Caterina and his younger sister Morena, who also suffers from a lesser form of the disease.
The meeting with Francis marked a new beginning for him.....
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Interesting. I am at this moment watching THE ELEPHANT MAN on TCM. This also reminded me of my youth when, in 1956, I went to a carnival and saw THE OCTOPUS MAN, a normal man with huge tumors all over his body.
The answer to your question is yes, people have been healed by God through a successor of St Peter.
According to the article, the afflicted man says he is leaving his [emotional/spiritual] pain behind that day because of Francis’ actions. While it may not be as dramatic, it is probably just as important in some ways as a physical healing.
That’s an interesting question. The way you word it seems you do know of intersessory prayer requirement of a saint after they passed. Some popes are canozied Saints. I can’t see why not. I do not recall exactly all. In 591 the whole city and one pope died from a plague. His successor Pope St Gregory the great told every one to pray and had a procession through the city. People were dying everywhere. At the end they saw St Michael sheathing his sword. It was believed to be a chastisement that ended. The Pope got every one together for prayers. The power of prayers in Christ.
I don't know if anybody has ever made a list of all the popes whose intercession was blessed by a miraculous healing, either during their lifetime on this earth, or after.
But one could look it up (I would if I were two people, and one of me had time!) The popes canonized after Trent would include:
Pope Adrian III
Pope Pius X
Pope John XXIII (beatified)
Pope John Paul II (beatified)
Pope Leo III
Pope Pius V
Pope Benedict II (beatified)
Pope Eugene II (beatified) (his tomb is famed for miraculous cures)
Pope Innocent V(beatified)
Pope Innocent II(beatified)
Pope Pius IX(beatified)
Pope Urban II (beatified)
Pope Urban V (beatified>
So those are the ones who had confirmed one or two miracles after their deaths. Don't know how many had miracles during their lifetimes.
I always tell my CIA students to remember that the really important, and really interesting people in Catholicism, are not the priests, nor the popes, but the saints.