Pope Francis commissions showers for the homeless under St. Peter’s colonnade
On Monday 17th of November work will begin to renovate the public restrooms for pilgrims: there will be a space for homeless people to wash. Ten parishes in Rome will do the same. The report from Pope Francis’ Almoner
Even the Vatican plays its part. For a long time, the Governorate had been planning the renovation of the restrooms for the pilgrims under the colonnades, just tens of meters away from the Portone di Bronzo, on the right hand side of St. Peter’s. The needs expressed by Franco, the fifty-year-old homeless man, who has been living on the streets for ten years, and has lost many companions who died from the cold, cause a significant variation to be added to the project, with Pope Francis’ benediction. Three showers for the homeless under the imposing colonnades by Bernini, one of the most beautiful and visited places in the world. Krajewski replies to the reporter, who asks if some tourists might turn up their noses, by saying that «the Basilica exists in order to keep the Body of Christ, and we serve Jesus’ suffering body by serving the poor. Always, in the history of Rome, the poor congregated around the Basilicas».