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A homeless child sits in front of a closed shop in Gauhati, Assam state, India (AP)

Pope says he’s troubled by ‘the increasing number of young girls and women forced to earn a living on the street’

According to L'Osservatore Romano, the Teutonic Cemetery was founded around the year 799, when Pope Leo IV presented the land to Charlemagne

Willy Herteller, who was Flemish, used to urge pilgrims to go to Confession and pray daily

A view of the washing facilities just off St Peter's Square (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, pool)

New facilities off St Peter’s Square are a way to ‘give people their dignity’, says papal almoner Archbishop Konrad Krajewski

The papal almoner is urging parishes with large numbers of homeless people to install their own showers (Photo: PA)

Papal almoner says showers will be put into public loos in St Peter’s Square

Welfare reform and the cumulative impact of cuts have led to an increase in homelessness (Photo: PA)

Government policies are putting the very fabric of our society at risk, argues Cathy Corcoran

A man stands beside a bed at a centre for the homeless (PA)

My tough manifesto for ending poverty

Big Issue founder John Bird says his harsh early life taught him that many things done for the needy just keep people poor