The papal almoner, an archbishop who distributes charitable aid from Pope Francis, planned a special afternoon for about 150 homeless people: a walk through the Vatican Gardens, a visit to the Vatican Museums, private time in the Sistine Chapel and dinner in the museums' cafeteria.
At the end of Pope Francis' spontaneity-filled meeting with priests, seminarians and religious in the cathedral of Naples, the vial of dried blood of the city's patron saint appeared to miraculously liquefy.
After Pope Francis blessed the congregation with the reliquary holding the vial, Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe of Naples announced, "As a sign that St. Januarius loves the pope, who is Neapolitan like us, the blood is already half liquefied."
We say: Any assessment of Pope Francis would do best to first deal with the unrealistic expectations that often drive the discussion over whether he is a true reformer.
"How many scandals in the church and how much loss of liberty for money!" he said in Naples on Saturday.
In Naples on Saturday, Pope Francis spoke on behalf of young people unable to find work who are likely to choose crime to make ends meet.
Having so much world-famous art housed in Rome's churches and chapels has risked turning the city's sacred spaces into sightseer circuses.
Pope Francis came out squarely against the death penalty once again, calling it "unacceptable" regardless of the seriousness of the crime of the condemned.
Pope Francis met with a three-person delegation of the International Commission Against the Death Penalty on Friday and issued a letter on the occasion urging worldwide abolition.
Citing his previous messages against the death penalty, the pope called capital punishment "cruel, inhumane and degrading" and said it "does not bring justice to the victims, but only foments revenge."
Scotland Cardinal Keith O'Brien will no longer exercise the role of a cardinal, including by serving as a papal adviser and as an elector of a new pope.
Faith and Justice: First strike: He is male. Any man who thinks he has something to say about women to women needs his head examined.
Analysis: Pope Francis celebrates the anniversary of his papacy each year on the day the church celebrates St. Joseph's feast day. What connects the two men?