ROME, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- A homeless shelter has opened in Rome as a gift to Pope Francis, according to various reports.
The shelter is called Dono di Misericordia or Gift of Mercy and is owned by the General House of the Jesuits and operated by Mother Teresa's Sisters of Charity religious order. It was inaugurated by the pope's main charity adviser, Monsignor Konrad Krajewski, inspired by the Pope's continuing appeal to help people in need.
Designed to house 34 men, the shelter is located between Santo Spirito Hospital and Church and St. Peter's Square. Guests must be interviewed first, then adhere to the dormitory's rules: Enter between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wake at 6:15 a.m. Exit by 8 a.m. Other rules govern personal hygiene, as well as bed and closet maintenance. Guest can stay a maximum of 30 days.
Guests can get a meal at Casa Dono di Maria before entering the shelter and breakfast before they leave. They can shower under the Colonnade of St. Peter's Square.
All expenses of the shelter are paid for by the proceeds of the papal parchments sold through Krajewski's office. A few months ago, Krajewski opened the showers and barber shop.
In 1988, the Casa Dono di Maria was opened, providing 50 beds for women. Most nights, about 30 are occupied.