Vatican City, Mar 1, 2016 / 00:08 am
Poor and homeless men and women will now be able to turn to the Vatican for medical treatment, the latest initiative to offer care for those persons living on the streets of Rome.
Located near the colonnade, the new "clinic for the poor" opened Monday, offering free services to those unable to afford basic medical care.
"We are equipped to help all those who come knocking on our door. It is Pope Francis who wants this and those of us who are close to him in this venture are honoured and highly motivated to make this possible," Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, said Feb. 29, according to Vatican Radio.
"We are grateful to Pope Francis for having wanted, once again, to give a concrete sign of mercy in St. Peter's Square for persons without a fixed residence or who are in difficulty," said Lucia Ercoli, director of the Supportive Medicine Association.