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Vatican homeless shelter opens steps from St Peter's Square

Published 12/10/2015 | 21:44

A view of the Vatican's homeless shelter, inaugurated last Oct. 7, 2015 near St. Peter's Square (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool photo via AP)
A view of the Vatican's homeless shelter, inaugurated last Oct. 7, 2015 near St. Peter's Square (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool photo via AP)
A view of the Vatican's homeless shelter, inaugurated last Oct. 7, 2015 near St. Peter's Square (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool photo via AP)
A view of the Vatican's homeless shelter, inaugurated last Oct. 7, 2015 near St. Peter's Square (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool photo via AP)

The Vatican has opened its own homeless shelter that can host up to 34 people a night just steps from St Peter's Square.

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Pope Francis's chief charity guru, Monsignor Konrad Krajewski, inaugurated the shelter on October 7 by celebrating Mass for the first guests and volunteers.

The building is owned by the Jesuits and the shelter is operated by Mother Teresa's Sisters of Charity religious order.

A statement from Mgr Krajewski's office said all expenses are paid for by donations and the proceeds of papal parchments sold by his office.

It is the latest papal initiative to help the homeless around the Vatican. A few months ago Mgr Krajewski's office opened showers and a free barber shop for the needy near St Peter's Square.

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