Pope Francis' compassionate nature was poignantly captured in this image of him tenderly comforting a sick man by kissing him on the head.
Pope Francis caresses a sick person in Saint Peter's Square at the end of his General Audience in Vatican City, 06 November 2013.
Though the man's face was disfigured, the Pope laid his hands on his head and screwed his eyes up tightly in prayer. Earlier in his general address, he asked the assembled crowd to pray for a sick little girl that he had just met.
Pope Francis hugs a sick person in Saint Peter's Square at the end of his General Audience in Vatican City, 06 November 2013.
Pope Francis tweeted earlier this year, "The Pope must serve all people, especially the poor, the weak, the vulnerable." The photos really speak for themselves with regards to his genuine concern for humanity.
Correction: In a previous version of this article the man with Pope Francis was referred to as having boils. Readers have pointed out that it is likely that the man in this photo has a disorder known as Neurofibromatosis.