Vatican provides cold weather shelter for homeless and their pets

Source: CNW/Sant'Egidio

Because of the cold weather in Rome, the Vatican has stepped up its aid to the homeless. Temperatures are currently falling below zero degrees at night. The papal alms office has not only distributed winter sleeping bags and provided more beds, but is also considering the needs of homeless people's pets, Catholic News World reports.

In collaboration with the Order of Malta and a veterinary clinic in Ostia, homeless people can now have their four-legged friends examined and treated for free on the third Sunday of each month.

Several religious orders are also offering support to the homeless. Groups from Sant'Egidio Community are going each night to train stations and other places where homeless people seek shelter, bringing warm food and drinks, blankets, socks, hats scarves and other items to protect from the cold.

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Tags: Homeless, Sant'Egidio, Rome, Dogs, Order of Malta

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