December 18, 2014

First showers, now sleeping bags: Pope Francis’ birthday gift to the homeless

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A group of homeless men sleep just outside of St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Thursday (Nov. 13, 2014).  Religion News Service photo by Josephine McKenna

A group of homeless men sleep just outside of St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Thursday (Nov. 13, 2014). Religion News Service photo by Josephine McKenna

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) "This is a gift for you from the pope on the occasion of his birthday," volunteers, including nuns and members of the Swiss Guard, told the recipients during the operation.