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Pope opens free launderette for homeless
March 23 2018, 10:47 | Irvin Gilbert
This isn't the first time the so-called "People's Pope" has put cleanliness next to godliness - in 2015, he set up showers for the homeless in front of St. Peter's Basilica. The Holy See's stance on a number of issues raised during the U.S. presidential election - including immigration, refugees and climate change - are at odds with Trump's position.
The prestigious Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo has timed a global peace conference in Cairo to coincide with the papal visit and hopes Francis and Al-Azhar Grand Imam Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb will close the meeting, sources told Adnkronos International last month.
Pope Francis has traditionally chosen to eschew security concerns and travel in an open-top vehicle when on foreign visits-unlike his predecessor, Benedict XVI, who preferred a bulletproof "popemobile"-but it is not clear how he will travel in Egypt". They have since moved out of the Vatican apartments to live independently.
Jesus never promised honor and success would come to those who follow him, rather, the path to final victory requires picking up the cross and carrying it every day, Pope Francis said.
Humility, courage and openness, he added, are crucial in creating harmony between social, scientific and political bodies so all may work together for the common good and the sustainable development of the "common home". Trump called the pope's criticism of his plan to build the Mexico wall "disgraceful".
A spokesperson for the US Embassy to the Vatican had no comment.
About 21 per cent of Americans, or 70 million people, are Catholic.
In January, the Vatican distributed sleeping bags to the homeless and official vehicles were left with their doors unlocked so homeless people could take turns sitting inside them to warm up.
Egypt has declared state of emergency following the attacks.
Trump, a Presbyterian, repeatedly sparred with Francis during the presidential campaign a year ago.
Trump, who grew up in a Presbyterian family, shot back saying it was "disgraceful" for the pope to question his faith. They will be advising Pope Francis and the Vatican on media and communications matters as the Vatican continues to restructure its media operations.
Francis offered prayers for the victims as well as the many who are "still strongly tried by war, the tragedy of mankind".