“Gift of Mercy”- Vatican opens a dormitory for the homeless

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Vatican opens a new dormitory for the homeless people in Rome.

According to details, Vatican has opened “Dono di Misericordia” (Gift of Mercy)- a latest dormitory for the down-and-out people. This dormitory is built near Santo Spirito Hospital and the Church of Santo Spirito in Rome.

After the appeal from Pope Francis to house the homeless and dispossessed in their houses or buildings, this dormitory has been built as a gift to him. The General House of the Society of Jesus has built this dormitory as a gift to the Pontiff. This building has the ability to house 34 men. Sisters are in charge of the dormitory.

People who wish to stay at the dormitory will be interviewed by the Sisters for reception and registration at the Casa Dono di Maria in the Vatican. Those accepted will be allowed to stay for a period of 30 days. According to the regulations of the dormitory, there are strict timings for entry, closing, waking etc. Moreover, the guests staying at the dormitory will have to follow the regulations for personal hygiene and maintenance of each bed and cupboard.

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There is a canteen at the Casa Dono di Maria, and the guests are allowed to dine there before they are accepted into the dormitory. They are offered breakfast and are allowed to use the showers available under the Colonnade of St. Peter’s Square.

In a press release from the Apostolic Almoner it was stated that the dormitory is a “Gift of Mercy” because it has been offered as a gift to the needy. It was stated that Mercy is another name for love expressed by gestures. The Apostolic Almoner has financed this project and additional works necessary to adjust the building for the needs of the occupants.

Moreover, funds for the building were raised from the sale of the parchments of the Apostolic Blessing. There have been generous contributions form the individuals as well whereas; the Almoner and the Sisters of the Mother Teresa will continue to fund the dormitory.