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A CLINIC FOR THE HOMELESS: THE CHRISTMAS GIFT OF POPE FRANCIS TO THE POOR PEOPLE OF ROME

The founding of a new clinic for the health care of the homeless, in St. Peter’s Square, was announced by the Vatican.
The new clinic replaces an earlier temporary one, which also operated at the initiative of Pope Francis, in the wider area around the Holy See, while it is known that there are facilities where the needy can bathe and get a haircut.
According to Caritas Italiana data, it is estimated that the number of homeless people is growing every year.
By the end of this year, there will be more than 16,000 homeless people in Rome, especially during the nights, when they resort to the galleries to sleep.
The clinic, built in the Vatican’s old post office, will include three guest rooms and will be open three days a week. It will be staffed by volunteer doctors, Vatican medical services, and hospitals of the Italian capital.
Feet doctors will offer their services once a week. The charity Organization of the Catholic Church has announced that homeless people suffer mainly from foot disease because they rarely take off their socks and shoes while they wear shoes that do not fit well, resulting in fungal infections, inflammations and calluses.
When it will not serve the homeless, the new clinic will serve pilgrims and tourists as a first aid station.