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Pope Francis' compassionate nature was poignantly captured in an instantly iconic image of him tenderly comforting a sick man by kissing him on the head.

At the end of his General Audience in Vatican City on Wednesday, when 50,000 attendees gathered with him, someone snapped the picture of the pontiff:

Pope Embraces Disfigured Man

Francis embraced the man afflicted with neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes pain and the formation of thousands of tumors on the body.

In the photo, the unnamed man buries his head in Francis' robes as the Pope puts his hand on his head, an image that went viral almost immediately.

Francis then leaned in to kiss the ailing man.

"True charity requires courage," the Pope Tweeted in September. "Let us over come the fear of getting our hands dirty so as to help those in need."

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Deborah Cohan should serve as an inspiration to us all.

The mother of two underwent a double mastectomy Tuesday at San Francisco's Mt. Zion Hospital and didn't merely put on a brave face... she put on her dancing shoes!

Yes, Cohan and her medical team spent six minutes moving and shaking to Beyonce's "Get Me Bodied (Extended Remix)" prior to the procedure, an event she teased on her Caring Bridge blog before going under the knife.

"I will be dancing in my little hospital gown and bouffant cap in the Mt. Zion operating room with the surgical and anesthesia teams," Cohan wrote, explaining further:

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For Halloween, Matt Lauer dressed as Pamela Anderson.

This morning, conversely, The Today Show host went from pretending to be a woman to extolling the virtues of something very important for men: Regular prostate exams.

In order to raise awareness of prostate cancer and how simple it can be to check for, Lauer and Al Roker actually underwent a digital test on air.

No, the very personal aspects of this examination were not filmed. But a physician was featured speaking to the reporters after each went behind a closed door for his quick test and important information was passed along. Watch now:

As entertaining as it is when Roker films a selfie at a Drake concert, this segment was especially helpful and, hopefully, educational to many.

Well done, Today.

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Vanessa Carlton is canceling some upcoming tour dates due to her lost pregnancy, the 33-year-old singer surprisingly revealed today on Facebok.

Carlton was "diagnosed with an ectopic pregnancy, or in my case a fallopian pregnancy (the embryo settled in my tube, which is the width of a straw)."

"This is not considered a viable pregnancy," she adds, the reason being:

Vanessa Carlton Photograph

"Because the fetus cannot develop and it is a high risk situation for the mother because of the potential for tubal rupture and internal bleeding."

Doctors caught it early and took the necessary precautions to make sure everything went smoothly, but a week ago Monday, things went downhill.

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The world took notice when an eye-opening time-lapse video showing how an image can be so drastically changed using only Photoshop went viral last week.

Now the woman in question has been identified.

Sally Gifford Piper, the 36-year-old model in the video, and her husband Tim Piper, who directed it, spoke to ET about why they created it in 2011.

“I feel really angry about the pressure on women and the reality is that most of us don’t look like these perfect women,” Sally said of her "Body Evolution."

"I think that there needs to be a celebration of all different shapes and sizes. And we need to see more variety and I’m determined to fight for that.”

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Everyone thinks their baby is extra special, but Sara Brandon's baby boy wins ... at least technically. He's the biggest child born in the U.S. all year!

The boy weighed in at a whopping 14 pounds - double the weight of your average newborn - and arrived a week and a half before his due date, no less.

So was Joel Brandon Jr. born via C-section or naturally?

The former. Sara had a scheduled C-section at 38 1/2 weeks, at which point she knew her son was big. An ultrasound estimated he would be around 11 pounds.

Give or take three?

The 2013 record-setting baby boy landed in the NICU because of respiratory problems, but a week later, he was released and is in perfect health.

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Talk about scary Halloween houses. Imagine ringing a doorbell, calling out "trick or treat," and getting fat-shamed by the neighbor.

That's happening to children in Fargo, N.D.

A woman there has taken it upon herself to be the "village" and plans to pass out letters to the parents of children she deems overweight instead giving the kids candy.

Cheryl wants "to send a message to the parents of kids that are really overweight."

The letter pretty much speaks for itself, but says "Your child is, in my opinion, moderately obese and should not be consuming sugar and treats to the extent of some this Halloween season."

Cheryl believes that by giving candy to these children, she's contributing to the childhood obesity epidemic. That, in her mind, is unconscionable.

But fat-shaming children isn't. Okay then.

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A cute baby, brand new and squishy, ready for cuddles and having its head sniffed rests in a bassinet making tiny baby grunts and coos. The bag containing the newborn's placenta is nearby!

Wait, what?

Yes, this is a real thing which people do. Lotus birthing, as it's called, is the practice of leaving a baby's umbilical cord and placenta attached until it falls off on its own, sometimes taking up to 10 days after birth.

Lotus birthing is a trend which is gaining ground among those seeking all-natural birth experiences. The practice, also called umbilical cord non-severance, was popular with early western European settlers in America.

The 1980s saw a resurgence of this trend, particularly among mothers who delivered their babies at home, and gave the trend the name "Lotus birth" to honor the link between the "preciousness of the placenta and the high esteem in which the Lotus is held in Hindu and Buddhist faiths."

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Lamar Odom will reportedly check into rehab "any day now," with the support of estranged wife Khloe Kardashian, in an attempt to salvage his marriage.

The troubled, 33-year-old basketball star has, according to a new report, paid for a three-month stint at a rehabilitation facility in Malibu, Calif., in full.

If this report is true, we'd be a little surprised, as Odom has been notoriously resistant to the idea before, when he was in the throes of crack addiction.

He's been opening up about his life and health lately too, and appears to be in better shape than he was previously. So why would he go now?

Perhaps he has been self-healing and had some success, but knows he needs additional treatment to win back the trust of Khloe and the Lakers?

The report says Kardashian was on the line to to support him when he made a call to the rehab facility, which certainly falls in line with that theory.

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Jennifer Lawrence is gorgeous and flawless in new campaign photos for Dior, with her stunningly real looks more evident than ever in minimal makeup.

Featured in the fall-winter issue of Dior magazine, the 23-year-old can be seen in several black-and-white photos by photographer Mikael Jansson:

Jennifer Lawrence For Dior Photo

The Catching Fire actress models fitted menswear-inspired blazers, trousers and winter coats, showcasing her enviable figure and natural beauty.

Lawrence hasn't always been confident in her own skin. She told Harper's Bazaar UK that she was criticized for her weight when she was younger.

"It was just the kind of s--t that actresses go through. Somebody told me I was fat, that I was going to get fired if I didn't lose a certain amount of weight," she shared.

The actress said she was shown Jennifer Lawrence pictures in which she was "basically naked" and "told to use them as motivation for my diet."

Safe to say she doesn't need to change in the least ...

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