Jesus does not ask that people only contemplate his image, but that they also recognize and love him concretely in all people who suffer like he did, Pope Francis said. Irons, detergent and other products needed for the service have also been donated.
Over the summer, Pope Francis is hoping to add further facilities, including a barbers, showers and medical services.
The free service will allow the poor – especially those without homes – to wash, dry and iron their clothes in the San Gallicano center run by the Sant’Egidio community, which is headquartered nearby.
“When the intertwining between technological power and economic power becomes closer, interests may condition lifestyles and social orientations in the direction of profits of certain industrial and commercial groups to the detriment of peoples and the poorest nations”, the pope said.
In 2014, the Pope and several volunteers distributed 400 sleeping bags with built-in hoods for warmth, printed with …