'Pope Francis laundry' service opens for homeless in Rome

On Monday the latest Pope Francis-inspired initiative for the poor opened up in Rome – a new laundromat, with washing, drying and ironing services for those without a home or a fixed living situation. “The Pope’s Laundry,” as it is being called, is organized by the Office of Papal Charities, in partnership with the Community… Continue reading 'Pope Francis laundry' service opens for homeless in Rome

Homeless man blessed by complete stranger one cold winter night – sound familiar?

Everyone sees the homeless and poor holding signs. Some divert their eyes while others offer food or money. For 23-year-old Joey Resto, turning away wasn’t an option and money wasn’t enough. After work, Resto took the downtown “A” train to his Brooklyn home when he noticed a homeless, shirtless man shivering from the cold. At… Continue reading Homeless man blessed by complete stranger one cold winter night – sound familiar?

God works in mysterious ways – How the homeless brought together a charity and a controversial food chain

Many of the Vatican’s Cardinals were openly upset at the erection of a McDonald’s within sight of St. Peter’s Square – until the fast food chain revealed its charitable side. Many have celebrated the controversial chain after charity groups teamed up with McDonalds to help shelter and feed the homeless near the Vatican. An association… Continue reading God works in mysterious ways – How the homeless brought together a charity and a controversial food chain

Jesuits team up with ‘London’s poshest hotel’ to feed the homeless

Claridges is one of 10 local hotels and restaurants working with churches to feed the homeless It has been called “London’s swankiest hotel”. But last Monday Claridges served a different kind of clientele, as the executive chef personally delivered meals for 15 homeless people and 10 volunteers at Farm Street church in Mayfair. The meals are part of… Continue reading Jesuits team up with ‘London’s poshest hotel’ to feed the homeless

Vatican opens homeless shelter near St Peter’s Square

Housed in a Jesuit-owned building, the Gift of Mercy shelter was created by funds from the papal almoner The Vatican opened the Gift of Mercy, a shelter for homeless men, just a few hundred yards away from St Peter’s Square. Housed in a Jesuit-owned building, the shelter was created by and is run with funds… Continue reading Vatican opens homeless shelter near St Peter’s Square

Pope Francis establishes new dorm for Rome's homeless men

Pope Francis and his brother Jesuits in Rome have converted an old travel agency building into a new homeless shelter for men, just in time for the cold winter months. The new dormitory is called “Gift of Mercy,” because mercy is “love’s second name,” Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, the Apostolic Almoner, told Vatican Radio. He added… Continue reading Pope Francis establishes new dorm for Rome's homeless men

Street women, kids aren't price tags – they're people, Pope says

On Thursday Pope Francis said that abandoned children and exploited sex workers forced to live on the street are a “shameful reality” in modern society, and encouraged efforts to find more concrete ways to help them. “(These) sad realities…are the result of indifference, poverty, family and social violence, and human trafficking,” the Pope said Sept.… Continue reading Street women, kids aren't price tags – they're people, Pope says