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Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News) - Poor and homeless men and women will now be able to turn to the Vatican for medical treatment, the latest ini- tiative to offer care for those persons living on the streets of Rome. Located near the colonnade, the new clinic for the poor offers services to those unable to afford basic medical care. We are equipped to help all those who come knocking on our door. It is Pope Francis who wants this and those of us who are close to him in this venture are honored and highly motivated to make this possible, said Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, according to Vatican Radio. We are grateful to Pope Francis for having wanted, once again, to give a concrete sign of mercy in St. Peter's Square for persons without a fixed residence or who are in difficulty, said Lucia Ercoli, director of the Supportive Medicine Asso- ciation. He added: There is still much work to be done espe- cially in the suburbs of our city, but I think this new clinic in St Peters is a sign of great hope." This is not the first initia- tive on Vatican grounds to be directed at offering concrete aid. Since early 2015, the Vatican has provided persons in need access to showers, and even a barbershop run by volunteers. Many barbers have volunteered with enthusiasm, including two barbers from the national Italian organiza- tion that transports the sick to Lourdes, and other interna- tional shrines. It seemed right to also pro- vide free medical visits, Arch- bishop Krajewski added, saying it is an indispensable service to the health of the poor who live among us. And in October 2015, Pope Francis and his fellow Jesuits converted an old travel agency into a dormitory for the home- less. Residents in the new Gift of Mercy house are welcome to stay for up to 30 consecu- tive days, and a schedule is set by the Missionary of Charity sisters who help keep things running smoothly. 12 May 6, 2016 THE U.P. CATHOLIC HEALTHWISE www.upcatholic.org Vatican gives free health care to Rome's poor St. Michael, come with legions of holy angels to occupy and surround our homes, our property and what- ever place we may be. Surround us with your heavenly protection and drive far from us Satan and every evil spirit, interference, or influence. Free us from every curse and bondage along with their effects, we humbly pray. May St. Gabriel give us the strength of God and St. Raphael heal our woundedness. All you angels of God, under your heavenly Queen help us, defend us, and rescue us from the snares of satan. Amen Holy Angels, come to our aid.

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