News
(CNS photo/courtesy of the Papal Almoner's Office)
Pope Francis Opens Free Laundromat for Poor People in Rome

April 14, 2017 — The new “Lavanderia di Papa Francesco” (“Pope Francis Laundry”), which opened in Rome on April 10, represents the latest gift from the pope to the city’s poor and homeless people.

The laundromat 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.

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.

 

The laundromat is located in a building already housing services run by the Rome-based Community of Sant’Egidio, which will also maintain the facility and add other essential services for the city’s poor, including showers, a barbershop and a medical clinic.

Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, said that six brand new washers and dryers were donated by the Whirlpool Corporation while Procter & Gamble will provide a free supply of laundry detergent and fabric softener for the new facility. [Sources: CNS, Crux]





Recent News

December 6, 2017 — One year after his death, the Jesuit Curia in Rome debuted a website dedicated to Father Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, SJ, 29th Superior General of the Jesuits.

December 4, 2017 — The Jesuits in English Canada pray in thanksgiving for the life of Father Milton McWatch who quietly passed away on November 29, 2017, at the age of 80.

December 3, 2017 — Today marks the feast day of St. Francis Xavier, SJ, one of the first Jesuits, considered by some to be the greatest missionary since the time of the Apostles.

November 23, 2017 — Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican observatory, sees no conflict between science and faith.

November 13, 2017 — A significant relic of St. Francis Xavier is coming to Canada for a month-long, 14-city pilgrimage beginning with Catholic Christian Outreach’s (CCO) Rise Up conference in Ottawa Dec. 28-Jan. 1.

On the 28th anniversary of the brazen and vicious killings of six Jesuits and two women in El Salvador, we share their stories.

November 15, 2017 — Members of Ecojesuit, the Jesuits’ worldwide ecological network, report from Bonn.

view all news

Search news

Publications

Campion's Brag

Jesuit (Summer 2017)

OpenSpace (Jun 2017)



Manresa Jesuit Renewal Centre
Since 1946, Manresa has welcomed retreatants to grow closer to God on 21 beautiful acres in ...