The facility is inside the walls of Vatican city, situated in the vicinity of the building that houses the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The house feeds roughly 60 people every day, and offers accommodation to 25 women.
Pope Francis said the shelter should be “a strong reminder” to the Christian community, to the whole city and citizenry of Rome, “to be ever more a family, a ‘home’ that is ready to welcome, to attend, to foster brotherhood.”
The importance of freely giving of self and substance was another theme of the Holy Father’s remarks to staff and guests. “We all,” he said, “must recover the sense of gift, of free and generous giving [it. gratuità], of solidarity.