19TH CENTURY VATICAN PALACE TURNED INTO HOMELESS SHELTER

This is the Palazzo Migliori, a palazzo named after the family who donated it to the Roman Catholic Church, and that until last year, was home to an order of religious women caring for single mothers. When the building was vacated, one option considered turning it into a luxury hotel, as it’s just off St. Peter’s Square, a location very popular with up-scale tourists. But Pope Francis had a different idea…

A PALACE FOR THE POOR…

Inauguration of the shelter

Though the Palazzo Migliori benefits from a prime location that many would pay top dollars for, Pope Francis decided to convert it into a homeless shelter. After being renovated, last November, the building opened its doors to the homeless. His reason? “Beauty heals”, he said, during the inauguration. According to him, it was never about monetizing the palazzo, but rather giving unfortunate people a beautiful place to be. For the 50 resident that now occupy the palazzo, the place is far from the shelters they are used to, it is more like a home to them.

A PARADOX FOR OTHERS…

The Pope’s visit to the residents

Indeed, many have a hard time understanding the decision made by Pope Francis, as the place could have been rented out, and made a lot of money that would then be redistributed to the poor. In 2016, Pope Francis held a special mass just for homeless people, during which he criticized the way the world treats the poorest in society.

 

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