Vicar of Christ


Rhoslyn said…
I hope you don't mind if I re-post this on my blog (with a link to yours, of course). This picture is wonderful.
Unknown said…
Laurence, where is this from? It's so beautiful!

I think the disease is generalised neurofibromatosis. It encompasses a set of distinct genetic disorders that cause tumors to grow along types of nerves and, in addition, can affect the development of non-nervous tissues such as bones and skin. The tumors can grow anywhere on or in the body.
JB said…
Well you can see Jesus acting through Francis there. Very moving. Eyes have not seen nor ears heard how God will make up for this one hundredfold in the next life.
where is this from? it's looking good
Paulina Barney said…
I will copy this if I may, Bones.

Toko, I think the photo is by Claudio Peri of the European Pressphoto Agency (EPA).

Jonathan Jones of The Guardian writes eloquently about it and asks: "Can politicians emulate this pope's bold symbolic language?"

Kristin LA said…
It is interesting to mentally juxtapose this image with that of young St. Francis of Assisi, who is said to have had a strong aversion to any form of ugliness. "...physical deformity incited a visceral horror in him." (From the biography by Augustine Thompson, O.P.) I wonder if embracing the outcast is uniquely Christian.

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