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Vatican opens free laundromat for Rome’s homeless

The new laundromat organised by the papal charities office and the Community of Sant’Egidio. Credit: Comunità di Sant’Egidio

VATICAN CITY – The Vatican has opened a free laundry for the homeless people of Rome, the Catholic World News reported 10 Apr 2017.

Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, said that the initiative was “a concrete sign wanted by the office of papal charities.” The opening of the laundry room follows several other programmes for the homeless begun under Pope Francis, including provisions for free showers, haircuts, and medical care.

The laundromat, located in the People of Peace centre operated by the Sant’Egidio community, features six new washers and six dryers. The machines were donated by the Whirlpool Corporation. The papal almoner also recognised the Procter & Gamble corporation, which has been providing razors and shaving cream, and now has offered a steady supply of laundry detergents.

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