Every now and then I read a book for the simple reason that everyone else is reading it. After all, a faithful preacher needs to exegete the culture and the congregation as well as the lectionary texts.
The Vatican is opening up recently renovated restrooms and showers for use by what it calls “homeless pilgrims.” The facility, just off St. Peter’s Square, will offer free haircuts on Mondays given by volunteer barbers and students from a local beauty school. The homeless are also given kits containing underwear, soap, deodorant, and other toiletries. These services are funded by donations and through the sale of papal parchments (AP).