October 13, 2015

Latest Fairness Crisis: Breakfast Sandwich Inequality

Life is so unfair. “The rich” live in nicer places, have nicer amenities, drive nicer cars, etc., etc.

Here’s the last straw: Now they even have better breakfast sandwiches. But never fear: The press’s inequality police are on patrol to supply the outrage.


Positivity: Pope Francis establishes new dorm for Rome’s homeless men

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 8:45 am

From Rome:

Oct 13, 2015 / 03:16 am

Pope Francis and his brother Jesuits in Rome have converted an old travel agency building into a new homeless shelter for men, just in time for the cold winter months.

The new dormitory is called “Gift of Mercy,” because mercy is “love’s second name,” Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, the Apostolic Almoner, told Vatican Radio.

He added that the initiative is a response to Pope Francis’ call to the faithful to care for the poor and the homeless.

Earlier this year, Pope Francis established showers, bathrooms and a barber shop inside the Vatican to serve the homeless population.

The new shelter, just around the corner from the Vatican in Via dei Penitenzieri, is furnished by the Papal Office of Charities and donations, and is run by sisters from Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity.

With enough space to house 34 men, the shelter brings the Vatican’s total capacity for housing the homeless up to 84.

Besides the “Gift of Mercy” house, the Missionaries of Charity also run the “Gift of Mary” home in the Vatican, a homeless shelter for women established by Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa in the late 1980s. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (101315)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:15 am

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