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Vatican Provides Showers, Haircuts for Rome's Homeless

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Pope Francis's latest push to help the poor launched on Monday, with homeless men and women lining up in Rome for a shower and shave courtesy of the Vatican.

The Vatican transformed a space off of St. Peter's Square formerly used as comfort rooms for pilgrims into showers and barbershop facilities for the homeless. The showers will be open every day except for Wednesday — when the pope holds his general audience — and on days when there are special occasions in the square. Haircuts are on offer every Monday, with students from a Rome hairdressing school and local barbers offering their services for free.

"I'm very happy of this decision," one client told Eurovision before he had his haircut. When he came out — freshly shorn — he seemed pleased.

"Pope Francis found the right solution for us," he said.

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