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19th century Vatican palace is turned into a homeless shelter on the orders of the Pope

Pope Francis has turned a spectacular 19th century palace next to the Vatican into a shelter for the homeless.

The Palazzo Migliori was set to be turned into a luxury hotel after it became vacant last year and could have charged top rates with its prime location just off St Peter's Square.

But on the Pope's orders, it has opened its doors to the homeless as a place where they can 'sleep, eat and learn' and has been dubbed 'A Palace for the Poor'.

The palace was blessed by the Pope on Friday, just ahead of World Day of the Poor.

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