Vat­i­can McDon­ald'srow ends with ham­burg­ers­for home­less

Sun.Star Pampanga - - BUSINESS! -

VAT­I­CAN CITY, Holy See - A con­tro­ver sial branch of McDon­ald's that opened re­cently near the Vat­i­can is to serve ham­burg­ers to the home­less un­der an ini­tia­tive with a lo­cal char­ity.

NGO Medic­ina So­ciale ap­proached From next week, the man­age­ment of Medic­ina vol­un­teers the new out­let af­ter will dis­trib­ute meals the op­po­si­tion of made up of a dou­ble some car­di­nals to it cheese­burger, an be­ing al­lowed to ap­ple and a bot­tle open hit the head­lines of wa­ter to home­less at the end of peo­ple in and last month. around the Vat­i­can,

"They got back to ever y Mon­day us in­side 24 hours," lunchtime. spokes­woman "We will be able Gian­luca Scar­nicci to go up to 1,000 told AFP on Thurs­day. meals but we are start­ing with 50 on Mon­day," Scar­nicci said.

The new McDon­ald's branch is housed in a build­ing a stone's throw from St Peter's square. It is owned by the Vat­i­can's real es­tate agency ASPA.

Op­po­si­tion to its open­ing was spear­headed by a group of car­di­nals who oc­cupy the up­per floors of the his­toric build­ing.

Other res­i­dents have com­plained that the fast food joint will bring down the tone of the neigh­bour­hood but it has been a hit with many tourists.

Pope Fran­cis has come un­der fire over the lease with crit­ics say­ing he could have blocked it given his reg­u­lar crit­i­cism of multi­na­tion­als.

The de­ci­sion to rent the space for a re­ported 30,000 eu­ros per month is, how­ever, con­sis­tent with Fran­cis's deter­mi­na­tion to en­sure the Vat­i­can's huge prop­erty port­fo­lio is run on com­mer­cial lines.

The pope has him­self or­dered sev­eral ini­tia­tives to help the home­less in Rome, in­clud­ing open­ing up show­ers next to St Peter's and dis­tribut­ing sleep­ing bags. - abscbn

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