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Pope Francis orders construction of showers for the homeless in St. Peter's Square

Pope Francis is continuing his sometimes unconventional efforts to show compassion for the poor by building showers for the homeless in St. Peter's Square, a Vatican spokesman said Thursday. The three showers will be added in revamped public restrooms for Catholic pilgrims under the white colonnade leading into the Vatican's basilica, built in 1626. Construction is scheduled to begin next week. Read more at The Washington Post.