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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Shave and a Hair Cut

Homeless men and women lined up yesterday near St. Peter's Square to take advantage of Pope Francis' latest: a free shave and shower for the homeless.

Mauro Casubolo, 49, was one of the first clients as the pope's barbershop opened in the public restrooms just off the Bernini Colonnade. His chin was still red from the shave — his first in three weeks — but he was grateful.

"It's a beautiful thing he's done for us, especially for us who live in the middle of the streets, because if you want to try to go find some work you can come here and have a shower," he said.

Francis' chief alms-giver, Monsignor Konrad Krajewski, has said the project is needed since homeless people are often shunned for their appearance and smell. The initiative is being funded by donations and the sale of papal parchments by Krajewski's office.

Barbers volunteering on their days off — Rome's barber shops are often closed Mondays — as well as students from a local beauty school are donating their time, as well as some sisters from religious orders and other volunteers.

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