Pope opens free laundromat for Rome’s poor

April 11, 2017 by  
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Homeless people in Rome will now have a place to wash their clothes and blankets, thanks to Pope Francis . The pope recently opened a free laundromat, the Lavanderia di Papa Francesco, or Pope Francis Laundry, with the goal of restoring “dignity to many people who are our brothers and sisters.” The Pope Francis Laundry, in a former hospital near the Vatican in Rome’s city center, is stocked with six donated washing machines and dryers from the Whirlpool Corporation . Poor and homeless people have access to detergent, fabric softener, and irons provided there as well. The Community of Sant’Egidio , a Christian organization fighting poverty , will operate the free laundromat. Showers, medical facilities, and a barbershop are also planned for the site. Related: Pope Francis urges Americans to fight climate change in his first address to the country According to the Vatican, the free laundromat is for “the poorest people, particularly the homeless, who will be able to wash, dry, and iron their clothes and blankets.” This isn’t the first time Pope Francis has stepped out to help the poor. Outcasts or those on the edges of society have been a large focus of his papacy so far. He opened a shower and barber facility near St. Peter’s Basilica two years ago. That same year to mark his 78th birthday he passed out hundreds of sleeping bags to Rome’s homeless. Last September at the canonization celebration for Mother Teresa, he invited 1,500 homeless people to travel to Rome and occupy seats of honor, and eat a free pizza lunch. He’s also housed refugee families in the Vatican. Last week three Syrian families moved in, replacing some families who have recently moved out to live on their own. Last year on Maundy Thursday, following Christian tradition, Pope Francis washed people’s feet, and the people whose feet he chose to wash were those of refugees and Muslims. This year for Maundy Thursday this week he will wash the feet of inmates at a prison south of Rome. Via The Guardian Images via Office Of Papal Charities/EPA , Community of Sant’Egidio Facebook , and Wikimedia Commons

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Federico Uribe Uses Reclaimed Electrical Cables to Create Vibrant Paintings

March 28, 2013 by  
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PHOTOS: Disconnect at the Gorgeous and Remote Villa del Palmar Eco-Luxury Resort in Baja

March 28, 2013 by  
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‘Green Pope’ Benedict XVI Resigns From The Vatican at Age 85

February 11, 2013 by  
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Pope Benedict XVI photo from Shutterstock Today Pope Benedict XVI announced plans to resign on Feb 28, citing his advanced age and health. Over his tenure he garnered the moniker “the Green Pope ” by making environmentalism a moral issue. Pope Benedict XVI stressed Catholic stewardship of God’s creation, and he was also instrumental in making the Vatican a carbon neutral city during his reign. From installing solar panels on the roof of the main auditorium of the Vatican to riding in an electric Renault Popemobile , Benedict lent support to the environmental movement through his endorsements. Read the rest of ‘Green Pope’ Benedict XVI Resigns From The Vatican at Age 85 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon neutral vatican , catholic , environmentalism , green church , green design , green pope , Pope Benedict XVI , popemobile , Renault , resign , Social Justice , solar panels , solar powered vatican , Sustainability , sustainable design , vatican

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