New McDonald's in the Vatican causes controversy

McDonald's has quietly opened a new restaurant in the Vatican and it is creating a backlash.  The restaurant is located just steps from St. Peter's Square in a building owned by the Vatican.

One cardinal blasted it when it was announced in October saying the space could be better used following the teachings of Pope Francis.

“Instead of a Golden Arches near the heart of the Roman Catholic Church, the space should be used to house entities which help the needy, in line with the pope’s call for a ‘poor church for the poor,’” Cardinal Elio Sgreccia said.

There are other fast food restaurants in the area, but this is the first one to be located in a space owned by the Vatican.  The Vatican is reportedly going to receive about $31,000 a month in rent.

If people are against the McDonald's, they probably are not going to like another new restaurant coming to the area.  Vatican officials have approved a Hard Rock Cafe on the main boulevard leading to St. Peter’s Square.  A religious bookstore is currently in that space.

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