Vatican to install showers for the homeless in St Peter’s Square

by Carey Lodge  |  published on November 17, 2014

The Vatican has announced plans to install showers specifically to be used by homeless people in St Peter’s Square.

In the shadow of St Peter’s Basilica there will be a space to wash, with clean towels and underwear also available. It will be manned by volunteers.

“We have to be evangelical, but intelligent, too,” Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, told Catholic News Service upon announcing the project.

The plans are a response to the needs of homeless people in the area, one of whom – a Sardinian known only as Franco – told Bishop Krajewski: “Here, no one starves to death, you can find a sandwich every day. But there is no place to use the toilet and wash.”

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