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Pope OKs showers for homeless in Rome






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Pope Francis has OK'd three showers in the Vatican so the homeless can wash. The showers will be in St Peter's Square. Millions of people go there each year. The idea was from Archbishop Krajewski. He met a homeless man and invited him to dinner to celebrate his 50th birthday. The man said no because he smelled bad. The man explained to the archbishop that finding food in Rome was easy. He said Rome needs places to wash.

Construction of the showers will start soon. There are plans to make another ten showers across Rome. Krajewski asked for volunteers and donations. He needs soap, towels and clean underwear. He told reporters: "It is easier to prepare sandwiches than to run a shower service. Journalists asked him if he thought visitors might be offended by the showers for the homeless. The archbishop said it is the church's duty to serve the poor and needy.

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