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Pope Francis at the Jubilee Audience in St. Peter's Square on April 9, 2016.

Papal pizza? Rome's homeless get a special treat from Francis

Aug 17, 2016

As summer temperatures soar in Rome, a trip to the beach and pizza dinner may sound like an ideal way... Read more

Pope Francis' dorm for the homeless 'Gift of Mercy' in Rome, Italy 2 on Oct. 12, 2015.

Pope Francis establishes new dorm for Rome's homeless men

Oct 13, 2015

Pope Francis and his brother Jesuits in Rome have converted an old travel agency building into a new homeless shelter... Read more

Homeless children on the street in Manila, Philippines Jan. 18, 2015.

Francis: Sex workers, abandoned children are a result of our indifference

Sep 17, 2015

By Elise Harris

On Thursday Pope Francis said that abandoned children and exploited sex workers forced to live on the street are a... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square before the Wednesday general audience on Oct. 29, 2014.

'This is your house' – Pope Francis meets homeless in Sistine Chapel

Mar 27, 2015

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis stopped by to visit with 150 of Rome’s homeless in the Sistine Chapel after they were invited for... Read more

Volunteers embrace Polish homeless man Gregorio after he visits the Vatican's new shower and barbershop facilities.

Unexpected friendships bloom as Vatican rolls out haircuts for homeless

Feb 17, 2015

By Ann Schneible

As homeless men and women line up under the massive arms of Saint Peter's colonnade waiting to take advantage of... Read more

Pilgrims wait in the rain in St. Peter's Square March 13, 2013 to see what color smoke will come out of the chimney of the Sistine Chapel.

Pope gives 300 umbrellas to Rome's homeless amid downpour

Feb 5, 2015

After several days of rain and dreary weather that has not yet cleared, the Vatican’s papal almoner has distributed 300... Read more

Construction begins on new showers inside the public restrooms just off the Vatican's St. Peter's Square, Nov. 17, 2014.

Coming soon to the Vatican: haircuts for Rome's homeless

Jan 30, 2015

The Vatican’s continued efforts to help the homeless of Rome have expanded beyond showers and bathrooms at St. Peter’s Square,... Read more

Pope Francis hugs a former homeless girl Glyzelle Palomar at a youth rally in Manila Jan. 18

What Pope Francis learned from homeless girl: 'Cry with the suffering!'

Jan 17, 2015

Pope Francis praised Filipino former homeless girl Glyzelle Palomar for asking why God allows children to suffer, saying her tearful... Read more

A Pope Francis banner is hung at the Samaritan House homeless shelter in Denver.

Pope Francis banner in downtown Denver aims to inspire

Jul 3, 2014

A 10-foot tall banner depicting Pope Francis embracing a young child was hung July 1 on the exterior of the... Read more

Clarissa Salazar (center) with Tanya Cangelosi and Fr. Michael O'Loughlin at the Colosseum.

My life is changed, says homeless woman on Rome pilgrimage

Apr 1, 2014

By Elise Harris

During a six-day trip to the Eternal City, Clarissa Salazar, who until recently lived on the streets in the U.S.,... Read more

Students at St. Peter's School in Washington, D.C. make breakfast bags for the homeless.

Student-led project gives breakfast to 1,500 at homeless shelters

Mar 2, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

Students at St. Peter’s School in Washington, D.C., led a recent project to assemble 1,500 bagged breakfasts for those seeking... Read more

Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, papal almoner.

Papal almoner celebrates funeral for homeless man

Jan 14, 2014

Vatican officials held a funeral Mass on Jan. 10 for Alexander Pawlewski, a beggar who was often seen on the... Read more

Archbishop Samuel Aquila (left) serves food during the Christ in the City fundraiser in Denver, Sept 4, 2013 (File Photo/CNA).

'Un-gala' fundraiser draws awareness to homeless ministry

Sep 6, 2013

By Elise Harris

Putting a unique spin on a typical charity fundraiser, the young missionaries of Christ in the City recently hosted an... Read more

Pope Francis visits the Dono di Maria House on May 21, 2013.

Pope praises Missionaries of Charity's 'beautiful' Vatican ministry

May 22, 2013

Pope Francis thanked the Missionaries of Charity for their work and described one of their houses for homeless women located... Read more

Members of Christ in the City participate in StreetBeatz. Courtesy of Christ in the City.

Denver missionaries' weekend event brings love to homeless youth

Jun 2, 2012

Dozens of homeless young people in Denver are receiving food, clothing, and other essentials through "48 Hours," a new initiative... Read more