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Wednesday 14 November 2018

No room for VIPs when Pope meets the homeless

Brother Kevin warns there must be no loss of hotel beds for homeless during Papal visit, writes Alan O'Keeffe

EMBRACING: Pope Francis hugs Patriarch Bartolomeo I as he arrives to attend a prayer for peace in the Middle East at the St Nicholas Basilica in Bari, Italy, yesterday. Picture: Reuters
EMBRACING: Pope Francis hugs Patriarch Bartolomeo I as he arrives to attend a prayer for peace in the Middle East at the St Nicholas Basilica in Bari, Italy, yesterday. Picture: Reuters
Brother Kevin Crowley

Alan O'Keeffe

Pope Francis would be "absolutely appalled" if homeless people face being moved out of any hotels in Dublin during the papal visit, said Capuchin Day Centre founder Brother Kevin Crowley.

Brother Kevin said any hotel denying a homeless person accommodation because of peak demand during the Papal visit should be "boycotted" for future homeless business.

The Pope will spend time with 80 homeless adults and children at the charity centre in Bow Street in Dublin when he visits Ireland next month. The centre provides free meals and assistance to hundreds of people every day.

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