Vatican City, Oct 16, 2015 / 03:42 am America/Denver (CNA).
After last night’s synod session Pope Francis didn’t go back to his residence at the St. Martha house as usual, but instead decided to pop by the Vatican’s new dormitory for homeless men.
According to an Oct. 16 communique from the Vatican, the Pope left for the dormitory shortly after the synod’s evening session yesterday closed at 7 p.m., taking off in his Fiat.
Located around the corner from the Vatican on Via dei Penitenzieri, the new shelter is called the “Gift of Mercy” house, and was inaugurated during a private Oct. 7 ceremony with a blessing and Mass with the dorm’s first guests and volunteers in attendance, celebrated by Papal Almoner Archbishop Krajewski.
Furnished by the Papal Office of Charities and donations, the dorm is run by sisters from Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, and was established with the help of the Jesuits.
Upon his arrival, Pope Francis was greeted by Archbishop Krajewski; the head of the Office of Papal Charities Msgr. Diego Ravelli; the Superior General of the Jesuits Fr. Adolfo Nicolás; Fr. Joachin Barrero, superior of The General Curia Community; three of Mother Theresa's sisters and some volunteers who manage the new structure.