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Vatican opens homeless shelter steps from St. Peter's Square

The Vatican has opened its own homeless shelter that can host up to 34 men a night just steps from St. Peter's Square.

Pope Francis' chief charity guru, Monsignor Konrad Krajewski, inaugurated the shelter Oct. 7 by celebrating Mass for the first guests and volunteers.

The building is owned by the Jesuits and the shelter is operated by Mother Teresa's Sisters of Charity religious order.

A statement Monday from Krajewski's office said all expenses are paid for by donations and the proceeds of papal parchments sold by his office.

It's the latest papal initiative to help the homeless around the Vatican: A few months ago Krajewski's office opened showers and a free barber shop for the needy near St. Peter's Square.