Easter 2017

Pope Francis opens free laundromat for the poor


free laundromat for poor in Rome

Pope Francis has opened a free laundromat for the poor in Rome, the Vatican said Monday.

Six washing machines, six dryers and a number of irons have been donated by the Whirlpool Corporation, while Proctor and Gamble are furnishing laundry detergent and softener.
The Vatican said the Pope’s free laundromat is a service to “restore dignity to many people who are our brothers and sisters.”
In the next few months, the Vatican plans to add showers, a barbershop and medical services at the location.
The laundromat is in the Roman neighborhood of Trastevere, not far from the Vatican, in an old hospital complex now run by the Community of St. Egidio.
This is the second facility the Pope has opened in Rome to assist the poor.
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