The pope stopped his car, got out, embraced and kissed the man and then prayed over him.
I wrote a book about this sort of thing. You don't really need to read it. You can look at these pictures. They tell you everything the book was trying to say.
Mark 1.40-41(H/T Andrew Sullivan)
A man with leprosy came to Jesus and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.”
Jesus, filled with compassion, reached out his hand and touched him...