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Pope Francis prays during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope Francis opened a free laundromat for Rome's poor


Pope Francis opened a free laundromat for Rome's homeless, the Vatican announced Monday. 

Whirlpool Corporation donated six washing machines, six dryers and some irons to what's being called "Pope Francis' Laundry," while Proctor and Gamble agreed to provide laundry detergent and softener, according to CNN.

The laundromat is located inside an old hospital complex in the central Roman neighborhood of Trastevere.

The Vatican said the laundromat is aimed at restoring "dignity to so many people who are our brothers and sisters, called with us to build a 'reliable city.'”

The Community Sant'Egidio has been running a drop-in center at the same site during the last 10 years told The Independent this was an opportunity to provide a free service to the “poorest people, particularly those with no fixed abode, who will wash, dry and iron their clothes and blankets."

Pope Francis
Pope Francis

During the next few months, the Vatican said it plans to add showers, a barbershop and medical services to the same location. 

CNN reports that this is the second facility Pope Francis has opened to help Rome's poor. He opened a barber shop next to St. Peter's Basilica a few years ago, which Proctor and Gamble provided free razors and shaving cream for. 

In January, the Vatican distributed sleeping bags to the homeless as well. 

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