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Summary: On April 10, 2017, it was announced that Pope Francis had opened a free laundromat for the homeless in Rome. The laundromat is said to include six washers, six dryers, and several irons donated by the Whirlpool corporation. Other producers are contributing by donating soap powder and fabric softener. The laundry room is located at the "People of Peace Center" run by the Sant'Egidio Community at the old hospital complex of San Gallicano, in the central Trastevere area of Rome.
The announcement of the laundromat opening was made by Pope Francis' chief almsgiver Konrad Krajewski on Monday, April 10th. Krajewski stated that the pope wanted to do something following last year's Jubilee Year of Mercy, and the laundromat will serves to give form to charity and works of mercy aimed at restoring dignity of many people. Krajewski claims that the one thing that was missing and urgently needed in the eternal city was a laundry service.
Pope Francis has had a long history of providing aid to the poor and homeless in Rome. Ever since being named the 266th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis has opened many facilities aimed at providing help to the less privileged. In 2015 the pope opened a free barber shop, showers, health care clinic, as well as a dormitory for homeless men near St.Peter's Basilica.