I believe that the photos above represent one of the most difficult moments for the Vatican.
Informed by its Diplomatic Sevices that the "Maddie Abduction" was nothing but an Hoax, but pressured by a global enormous sympathy for the Rothley couple, the Pope was "forced" to be seen publicly “supporting” the plight of those that forced their presence before him.
He saved the face of the Vatican by receiving them outside, not inside like he would with any VIP, and for a very, very brief time.
Today, looking at the pictures, I think that when he blessed the Maddie picture, he prayed for her soul, and not, as was taken as at the time, for her speedy return home.
I would like to think that the visits this blog has received from the Vatican lately would have contributed to what I would like to have seen: