‘In disfigured man, Pope Francis saw Jesus’

On Faith

November 7th, 2013 by 


Pope Francis embraces a man in St. Peter's Square. Image by Washington Post

In a piece for the Washington Post’s blog ‘On Faith,’ Mathew N. Schmalz, associate professor of religious studies, believes that the Pope saw a man in suffering, but also a man of beauty when he embraced the disfigured man in St. Peter’s Square. Through this embrace, explains Schmalz, Pope Francis displayed not pity, but compassion.

Schmalz writes, “That day with the disfigured man, the pope doubtless saw pain and suffering. But he also looked beyond that reality to see something more, something beautiful and precious.”

Read the full story in ‘On Faith’

This “Holy Cross in the News” item is by Sara Bovat ’14.

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