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Martha's. The other Sisters help in the kitchen, laundry, bedrooms, dining room and chapel (along with other paid staff).

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on low incomes. There had also been a social service centre attached to the house. Today, St Martha's House is no longer a place for pilgrims but rather a place for St Martha’s House hospitality for visiting bishops and cardinals. “Santa Marta Hospice”, proAnd now Pope Francis also viding pilgrims a place to calls it home! stay for free. As shown by the photograph Over the last century, St of Francis and the Daughters Martha's House still received of Charity, eight Sisters pilgrims however at a small reside at St Martha's price. The Vatican also House. Two are from India, requested other services of two from Slovakia and four the Daughters of Charity and from Italy. One of the Italian St Martha House was Sisters is responsible for the extended. Refugee clinic. Pope Benedict XVI ambassadors were received visited the clinic in 2005 and during World War II when described it as "a maternal they could not remain in and paediatric clinic staffed Rome. The house also by volunteers that serves welcomed Prelates working at mainly immigrants." The the Secretariat of State, Indian Sisters are studying Sisters who worked in the Italian while the tallest Sister Vatican Dispensary (clinic) or pictured is from Slovakia and served in the Vatican dining recently returned home soon rooms, and Vatican guards after 9 years serving at St

According to one source from St Martha’s House, Pope Francis gives a brief homily at daily Mass "which is very practical and goes right to the heart." On the feast of the A nnu nc ia t io n, the Daughters of Charity renew their annual vows during daily Mass. The renewal of vows is always a powerful experience for the Sisters. However for the eight Sisters at St Martha’s House, last year’s renewal had added significance as they renewed their vows in the presence of Pope Francis for the first time. Sister Evelyne Franc, the Daughters of Charity’s International Superior, in a letter to her Sisters, had this to say which is befitting of the Sister’s new experience to have Pope Francis residing in their midst: “Let us ask ourselves if we evangelise by our lives and our service or if instead we serve those who are poor in a rush, like busy, agitated "Marthas," victims of activism that scatters and leads to a superficial life. We cannot forget that the driving force of service, its soul, is prayer life, the interior life.” Reference The Spirit of Charity: Reflections from the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul, http://

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. Deuteronomy 31:6



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