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Sistine Chapel Homeless Tour Hosted by Pope's Charity Office

By    |   Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 07:39 AM

The Sistine Chapel is set to host the homeless this week as 150 transients will receive a tour of the landmark, along with the Vatican Museums and the Vatican Garden.

The Thursday tour — to be led by Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, head of the Office of Papal Charities — will explain the art and architecture of the chapel and offer a short prayer service, according to Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano.

"The poor, who usually see only the steps outside the colonnade of St Peter's Square, will also have a chance to enjoy the Vatican's artistic patrimony," the newspaper noted. "These guests will enter the Vatican through the Petriano entrance where they will be divided into three groups; each one will be entrusted to a guide."

"The whole group will be accompanied to the cafeteria where dinner will be served," Catholic News Service reported.

The move appeared to be part of Pope Francis and the Vatican's continued outreach to the local homeless population. In February, Krajewski organized a group of volunteer barbers to provide free haircuts and shaves to the poor every Monday, a usual day off for barbers and hair stylists in Italy, the Daily Beast reported.

The haircuts are given in St. Peter's square near unmarked showers that were recently installed for the homeless.

"The first thing we want is to give dignity to the person," Krajewski said at the time. "The person who does not have a chance to wash is socially rejected, and we all know that a homeless man cannot enter a public place like a bar or restaurant to ask to use services, because he will be refused. It's not enough to take a shower and wash your clothes; you have to have your hair and beard in order, too. Not just for dignity but to prevent diseases."

Reuters reported that Pope Francis was nicknamed the "slum bishop" in Argentina because of his frequent visits to shantytowns in Buenos Aires, and the fact that he has made the concerns of the poor a major plank of his papacy.

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