Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

January 22, 2022


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A clean break

The Vatican's new reno

The Vatican has new bathrooms, but they’re not where or for whom you might think. The public restrooms near Bernini’s Colonnade in St. Peter’s Square are for “homeless pilgrims.” The restrooms include motion-activated sinks and showers with hot water, soap dispensers and even a barbershop. The showers are open every day except Wednesdays; haircuts are done on Mondays when Rome’s local barbers have the day off so they can volunteer their time. Kits with a towel, change of underwear, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, razor and shaving cream will be supplied; the Vatican will use the proceeds from offerings to purchase what hasn’t been donated.

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