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Pope OKs showers for homeless in Rome






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Pope Francis has OK'd the installation of three showers in the Vatican so the homeless have a place to wash. The new showers will be in St Peter's Square. Millions of pilgrims flock here each year. The inspiration was from Archbishop Krajewski. He met a man who was homeless for a decade. The archbishop invited him to dinner to celebrate his 50th birthday. The man declined the invitation because he smelled bad. The archbishop said: “I took him to dinner [and] he explained to me that you can always find some food in Rome. What is missing is a place to wash."

Construction of the showers will start soon. City planners already have plans to erect another ten showers across Rome. Archbishop Krajewski asked for volunteers and donations to help maintain the showers. He said soap, towels and clean underwear were needed. He told reporters: "It is easier to prepare sandwiches than to run a shower service. You need volunteers." Journalists asked him if he thought visitors might be offended by the showers for the homeless. The archbishop said it is the duty of the church to serve the poor and needy.

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