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The Vatican Opens Free Laundromat for the Poor

Showers, a barbershop, medical services to be added soon
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2017 3:42 PM CDT

(Newser) – Those living in poverty in Rome will still be able to have clean clothes. Pope Francis has opened a free laundromat for the poor in the city, the Vatican announced Monday. It currently has six washing machines, six dryers, and some irons donated by Whirlpool; Proctor and Gamble is donating laundry detergent and fabric softener. Within a few months, showers, a barbershop, and medical services will also be installed at the same location, an old hospital complex in a neighborhood near the Vatican. The Vatican, which opened a similar facility for the poor in another neighborhood two years ago, says it wants to "restore dignity" to "brothers and sisters" living in poverty, CNN reports. (Read more Pope Francis stories.)

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