Rome doesn’t offer very convenient access to restroom facilities. Even children, whose cuteness can sometimes open doors, rarely register any sympathy. So it’s a beautiful gesture to the homeless, who seek shelter under the porticos of the mammoth curial buildings, to have a place to get clean. The article is well worth reading, because it describes the work of the Papal almoner, and the various projects in Rome undertaken by the Church for the homeless and needy there.
And, give — here’s a link to Peter’s Pence. Generally our diocese alerts the parishes a few weeks in advance when a second collection will be taken up. Remember showers in the colonnades for the homeless when you wonder what becomes of the money you contribute.