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Pope Francis is greeted by faithful during an audience with the participants of homeless jubilee in the Paul VI Hall (L'Osservatore Romano/AP)

The Pope’s poignant gesture reminds us that the causes of homelessness must be addressed

Pope Francis greets faithful during an audience with the homeless(AP)

Speaking to 4,000 homeless people, he asked for a pardon for all those who ‘look the other way’

Pope Francis (AP)

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Pope Francis blesses a woman during an audience with people living in difficult situations from Lyon, France (CNS)

Addressing a crowd of homeless and impoverished pilgrims from France, the Pope instructed believers to pray for those who lack compassion

Pope Francis said when he was four he used to go food shopping with his mother (Photo: AP)

The Pope made the remark in an interview with a Dutch homeless man

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