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When a Hug is Much More than a Hug….Especially When it Comes from the Pope



Vinicio Riva deserves kindness and compassion as much as any other human on this earth.  However, due to the disfiguring bumpy growths caused by neurofibromatosis type 1, he has experienced quite the opposite for much of his life.

On 6 November 2013  Mr.  Riva  traveled with a group from Northern Italy  to Vatican City in hopes of seeing Pope Francis during one of his public audiences.  Sitting in a wheelchair at the time, Mr. Riva was moved towards the front of the crowd in St. Peter’s Square by a member of the Swiss Guard.  Enter Pope Francis who, without pause, embraced Mr. Riva.

Read more about Mr. Riva’s experience and see a video interview at the link via BBC News:

Kristen E. Strubberg is the Editor-in-Chief for TGNR. Kristen founded TGNR in 2013 - seeking to create a high quality platform for original, eclectic and substantive positive news journalism by attracting expert contributors in many varying subjects. Kristen also works as a clinical medical researcher in Cardiology, with an original background in Neuroscience. Her passion for science has translated to her science-fiction specialization, with her highly adept published insights into the best of sci-fi’s popular culture. Kristen has served as TGNR’s Editor-in-Chief since 2013.