Pope Francis to open 30-bed homeless shelter a few steps from Vatican walls

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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) Francis has consistently called on Catholics to create a “poor church,” elevating the theme of poverty among his signal initiatives.