Advocates for homeless remember men, women who died on the streets

GREEN BAY, Wis. (CNS) — The first day of winter, Dec. 21, is also known as the winter solstice. It is the shortest day and longest night of the year. For people who are homeless, it’s a night that represents the harsh challenges of living on the streets. For the past seven years, St. John…

Pope greets homeless in Sistine Chapel: this is your home

(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis made a surprise visit to greet 150 homeless people who were given a special tour of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican Museums Thursday by the papal charitable office. It was a brief, affectionate and emotional encounter. The Pope crossed the threshold of the Sistine Chapel to the disbelief of his guests,…

Homeless man of deep faith given funeral, burial in Vatican City

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A homeless man who faithfully attended Mass at a church inside Vatican City for decades was buried in a Vatican cemetery after it was discovered he had died and was left unidentified in a hospital morgue. Willy Herteleer was well-known by the Swiss Guards keeping watch at St. Anne’s Gate, by…

Vatican public restrooms to include showers for the homeless

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The archbishop who distributes charity on behalf of Pope Francis has announced that the public restrooms in St. Peter’s Square will include showers where the homeless can wash. The service will require volunteers and donations of soap, towels and clean underwear, Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, told Catholic News Service…

Shelter opens in St. Cloud for Homeless Youth

  April 25, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Homeless youth will soon have a place to stay as they learn life skills to live successfully on their own. Catholic Charities’ Youth House will open in May in St. Cloud. The house will be for homeless youth ages 16-21 committed to working with a case manager…