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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

There's Art, and There's ART

In 1692, Pope Urban VIII decided to fix up a little fountain in Rome that provided fresh water to the poor. He died before the renovation started. BUT Pope Clement XII resurrected the project in 1730. The resulting new, improved version was complete in 1762 and looks like this:


ROME - The new “Pope Francis Laundry,” which opened in Rome’s Trastevere neighborhood on Monday, represents the latest gift from the pope to the city’s poor and homeless.
A statement from the Office of Papal Charities said the initiative came from Pope Francis’s invitation to show “concrete” acts of mercy, in response to the experience of the Jubilee of Mercy, which ended last year.
The free service will allow the poor - especially those without homes - to wash, dry and iron their clothes in the San Gallicano center run by the Sant’Egidio community, which is headquartered nearby.