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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Pope Francis Officially Endorses Evolution and The Big Bang Theory

October 31, 2014 by  
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Pope Francis has continued to turn heads as the most liberal pope in decades by declaring that “the Catholic Church sees no conflict between science and religion” and stating that he accepts the universe was created in a Big Bang rather than what is detailed in the Book of Genesis. While he is not the first pope to side with science over certain issues, he is certainly the first to state outright that humans may be descended from other species, marking a significant change to the stance of the Catholic Church. Read the rest of Pope Francis Officially Endorses Evolution and The Big Bang Theory Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: catholic church , evolution , Pope Francis , Pope Francis I , religion , science , The Big Bang , the big bang theory , the theory of evolution

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World’s First Green Pilgrimage Network Launches At End of October

October 10, 2011 by  
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photo: Hideyuki Kamon / CC BY SA An interesting step towards eco-friendly spiritual travel: The Alliance of Regions and Conservation , working with WWF, is about to launch the Green Pilgrimage Network . The program, to formally kick off at an event in Assisi, Italy (above) from October 31-November 2, is intended to “help the faiths make their holy cities and sacred sites as environmentally … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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The First Worldwide Green Hajj Guide & Eco-Mosques in Qatar: More on Islam & The Environment

September 13, 2011 by  
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photo: Al Jazeera English / CC BY ND Some timely examples of the intersection of Islam and environmental stewardship , both coming via the good folks over at Green Prophet : 1) Any new mosque built in Qatar must be eco-friendly, and 2) a new green guide to the Hajj is to be launched at … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Buildup To Greenbuild: The War In The Woods Heats Up

September 13, 2011 by  
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Last year at Greenbuild, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) made a big splash, having just come off a big victory at the US Green Building Council, where they maintained their status as the only wood that gets a point under LEED. They built a gorgeous booth while the other big certifier, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) , sort of slunk in. This year, as we build up to Greenbuild,

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108,000 Trees Planted at Buddha’s Birthplace in Nepal

September 13, 2011 by  
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photo: wonker / CC BY Some nice symbolism here… WWF-Nepal reports that it has just completed its target for 2011 of planted 108,000 trees in the Sacred Garden of Lumbini , where the Buddha was born roughly 2,500 years ago. Over the next ten years the plan is to plant one million trees in the surrounding area. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Why Won’t Big Oil Subsidies Die?

September 13, 2011 by  
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Photo: Feathered Tar via Flickr/CC BY One More Time With Feeling: Obama Calls to Kill Big Oil Subsidies Every year, the American taxpayer writes a check to Big Oil — and that’s on top of buying petroleum-based products and paying through the nose for increasingly expensive gasoline. Uncle Sam also directs billions of dollars to the likes of ExxonMobil and Chevron, despite the fact that they’re some of the most profitable companies on earth. These companies receive $4 billion in what

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Spirit, Science, Art, Reverence Combined Will Build a Better Green Movement

September 8, 2011 by  
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photo: James Jordan / CC BY-ND After reviewing the major religions of the world’s stances on the environment, it seems pretty clear to me that there are more commonalities than differences. In the realm of metaphysics there are genuine and significant splits between Dharmic faiths ( Hinduism ,

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Mother Earth To Be Given Rights Equal to Humans In New Bolivian Law

April 11, 2011 by  
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Pachamama, the goddess revered by indigenous Andean people as ‘Mother World’. Image: Wikipedia .

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Religion = Healthy? Obesity Rates Higher Among Churchgoers

March 25, 2011 by  
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Image: colros via flickr Young people who are active in their religion are more likely to become obese by the time they reach middle age, according to a new study. Participants who go to church at least once a week were found to be about twice as likely to have a higher body mass index than those who attended infrequently or not at all. …

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