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Pope Francis opens free laundrette for homeless

Pope Francis attends an audience with homeless and socially excluded people in the Paul VI hall in 2016 (AFP/Getty)

Pope Francis has opened a laundrette for the homeless to wash and dry their clothing.

The laundrette, near the Vatican, has six washing machines and dryers.

On Tuesday, Ciro Guardaccione was among the first to use the new machines. “This is a fantastic thing, I would like to thank Pope Francis for everything,” he said.

The laundrette will open for open four days a week and services are free.

Throughout his papacy, Pope Francis has made an effort to reach out to the homeless in Rome. In 2015, the Vatican opened a free barber shop and showers under the Vatican Colonnade and set up a dormitory for homeless men near St Peter’s Basilica.