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His body is covered in big neuronal tumours that cause him pain and itchiness. But something changed in 53-year old Vinicio Riva’s soul last 8 November when he met the Pope. The scene was unforgettable and pictures made it all around the world. “I felt as though I were in Paradise,” Vinicio said in a telephone interview with Italian daily Corriere della Sera. “My heart burst and I couldn’t get to sleep at night.” “I am not contagious but he didn’t know that,” Vinicio said in another interview with Italian news magazine Panorama. “He just did it: he stroked my face and as he did so all I felt was love. It lasted little over one minute but to me it seemed like an eternity,” he said. “My head was pressed against his chest, his arms wrapped around me and he held me to tight. He wouldn’t let go. I tried to talk, to say something to him but I didn’t manage to: I was too emotional.” (Vatican Insider)
Cannibalism in Jamestown
Those with weak stomachs may want to avoid going any further. Researchers today unveiled proof of alleged cannibalism during times of dire starvation in the fledgling Virginia colony.
From the writings of George Percy, president of Jamestown at the time:
"One of our colony murdered his wife, ripped the child out of her womb and threw it into the river, and after chopped the mother in pieces and salted her for his food."
But until the scarce remains of a 14-year-old girl named “Jane” were discovered in a garbage heap, there was no physical evidence that the accounts of cannibalism were actually true.
From Smithsonian anthropologist Douglas Owsley:
"The recovered bone fragments have unusually patterned cuts and chops that reflect tentativeness, trial and complete lack of experience in butchering animal remains. Nevertheless, the clear intent was to dismember the body, removing the brain and flesh from the face for consumption.”
Photos: Don Hurlbert / AFP/Getty Images, Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press