“It’s a question of human dignity,” senior Vatican communications advisor Greg Burke told NBC News. And the clients? "I'm very happy with [Pope Francis’] decision," one client told Eurovision before he had his haircut. "Pope Francis found the right solution for us.”
Throughout his papacy, Pope Francis has shown his dedication to helping the poor: distributing 400 sleeping bags to the homeless around Vatican City on his 78th birthday; arranging pilgrimage opportunities for the poor to see the Shroud of Turin; and even inviting 150 homeless men and women to a private viewing of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel before serving them a sit-down meal.
Care for the poor will also be a theme of the Pope’s upcoming visit to the United States, when he is scheduled to meet with the homeless at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. [Sources: Religion News Service, NBC News, Crux Magazine]