Behold, Mickey Dee's Latest: the 'McVatican'

Controversial new Golden Arches opens a stone's throw from St. Peter's Square
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2017 4:21 PM CST
In this 2014 file photo, cars drive past the McDonald's Golden Arches logo at a restaurant in Robinson Township, Pa.   (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

(Newser) – Pope Francis might have a job for life, but residents of Vatican City with less job security can now fall back on flipping burgers: As NBC News reports, there's a new McDonald's in town, and this one is controversially located on Vatican-owned property a stone's throw from St. Peter's Square. The new restaurant, dubbed the "McVatican," opened Friday to noticeably little fanfare after public outcry greeted its initial announcement; one cardinal had even called the Church's move to rent the 5,800-square-foot space to McDonald's "aberrant" and "a perversion," while lamenting the "disgrace" of hawking "unhealthy" food "that I would never eat." But the price tag—more than $30,000 a month paid to the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See—was apparently enough to overcome such sentiment within the church at large. And yes, you can have WiFi with that. (Read more Vatican stories.)

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