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Homeless Romans seek asylum in basilica

June 05, 2014

About 100 homeless people have sought asylum in the basilica of St. Mary Major, asking Pope Francis for help.

“We are here in the house of God to ask for help,” the homeless people declared, complaining that the Italian government has done nothing to ease a shortage of affordable housing. The group said that it would not leave the basilica until some action had been taken to address the housing crisis.


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