Vatican City, Jan 15, 2016 / 13:05 pm
True to form, the pope of the surprise papal visit dropped by two different nursing homes in Rome unannounced on Friday. The visits kicked off the Pope's monthly works of mercy, which he plans to do on Fridays during the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
The Pope's first visit on Friday, Jan. 15 was to the Bruno Buozzi Retirement Home on Via di Torre Spaccata, on the outskirts of Rome, which houses 33 elderly people.
Pope Francis was able to speak briefly with each person during his visit. He was accompanied by Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization.
Before returning to the Vatican, the pope made a second surprise stop at the "Casa Irde," a home where six persons in a vegetative state live with their families and are provided assistance.