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'The Pope's Laundry'

Just Opened: Pope’s Laundry for the Poor and Homeless

A Free Service for Poor and Homeless to Wash, Dry and Iron Their Clothes and Blankets

“Pope Francis’ Laundry” went into operation yesterday, Monday, April 10, 2017. It is a free service for the poor and homeless to wash, dry and iron their clothes and blankets, reported a statement by the Office of Papal Charities.

The initiative came to be following the invitation of the Holy Father to give “concrete” experience of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. He wrote in the Apostolic Letter Misericordia et miseria, at the conclusion of the Jubilee: “The desire for closeness to Christ requires us to draw near to our brothers and sisters, for nothing is more pleasing to the Father than a true sign of mercy. By its very nature, mercy becomes visible and tangible in specific acts.”

The Papal Almoner, Archbishop Konrad Krajewski noted: “Here then is a concrete sign wanted by the Office of Papal Charities: a place and a service to give concrete form to charity to restore dignity to so many people who are our brothers and sisters and who are called, with us, to build a city we can trust.”

The laundry is located inside the Community Sant’Egidio’s “People of Peace Center,” at the old hospital complex of San Gallicano, Via San Gallicano 25, in Rome.

The same voluntary office which has made possible lately showers, a barbershop, a wardrobe, medical clinics and the distribution of first aid relief for and to the poor, now will manage the Pope’s ‘Laundry.’

In the rooms used for this service, are six washers and six dryers, donated by the multinational corporation, Whirlpool.

To share and coordinate this project was Procter & Gamble, which two years ago, gave Gilette razors and shaving cream to the “barber for the poor” in St. Peter’s Colonnade. P&G also donated Dash Lenor detergent for the laundry.

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio, Sky, and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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