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Papal almoner opens laundry service for the poor

The office charged with coordinating Pope Francis’ acts of charity announced the opening of a laundromat for the poor and homeless of Rome.

The ‘Lavanderia di Papa Francesco’ (‘Pope Francis Laundry’) is a free service ‘offered to the poorest people, particularly the homeless, who will be able to wash, dry and iron their clothes and blankets,’ the Papal Almoner’s Office announced earlier this week.

The laundry service, the office said, was inspired by the pope’s call for ‘concrete signs of mercy’ during the Year of Mercy in 2016.

‘Here, then, is a concrete sign desired by the Papal Almoner’s Office: a place and service to give a concrete form of charity and mercy to restore dignity to so many people who are our brothers and sisters,’ the office said.

Picture: Six brand new washers and dryers donated by Whirlpool are featured at the Pope Francis Laundry facility in Rome, a new laundromat opened on 10th April by the Papal Almoner’s Office for the city’s homeless. (CNS photo/courtesy of the Papal Almoner’s Office).