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McDonald's in the Vatican - why the cardinals are seeing red

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By Catherine Hardy  with Fortune
McDonald's in the Vatican - why the cardinals are seeing red

McDonald’s has opened a food outlet in a building belonging to the Vatican in the centre of Rome – within sight of St Peter’s Square.

However, a group of cardinals have already had their fill of the fast-food giant – and it has nothing to do with the fact that survey after survey has suggested the US giant’s golden arches are more recognisable than the cross

The concerns are practical, not moral.

Italian media say the protesting prelates say they were not consulted about the site of the new restaurant, which has already been dubbed “McVatican”.

They say they will also have to help pay for building work to make sure the site conforms to needs and regulations.

Monthly rent

Media reports suggest the Vatican will collect a monthly rent of 30,000 from the US food giant for the building, which is sited just outside the Vatican State itself.

It will be open from 0630 am to 2300 pm.

Cardinal Elio Sgreccia, president emeritus of the Pontifical Academy for Life, described it as “abhorrent” and a “perversion of the neighbourhood”.