Homelessness in Vatican City

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Homelessness in Vatican City is a minor social issue. A shelter has been established just outside the Vatican walls and was opened by Pope Francis.[1] The shelter is called “Gift of Mercy” (“Dono di Misericordia”).[2]

The pope has also organized for showers to be built in the public toilets and allowed a deceased homeless man to be buried in the Vatican.[3]


  1. ^ Service, Rosie Scammell Religion News (11 June 2015). "Pope Francis To Open 30-Bed Homeless Shelter Steps From Vatican Walls".
  2. ^ "Surprise! Pope Francis stops by Vatican's new homeless shelter".
  3. ^ "Homeless man to be buried inside the Vatican for the first time in Holy See history".