McDonald’s is trying to conquer Italy, but Italians are fighting back. First, the city of Florence moved to break a contract with the fast-food giant that would build a restaurant next to the Duomo. Now, the highly controversial McVatican — a McDonald’s that opened in a building owned by the Vatican, mere yards from where the Pope lives — has opened. The McDonald’s currently occupies the bottom floor of a building where multiple cardinals and other Vatican officials live.
The opening of the 5,800-square-foot fast-food restaurant was low-key, according to NBC News. WiFi is available inside and the restaurant is open from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
When the McDonald’s opening was announced, Cardinal Elio Sgreccia, president emeritus of the Pontifical Academy for Life, told La Repubblica in October that the decision to open the fast-food restaurant was "aberrant" and "a perversion."
The internet has a lot to say about this, naturally:
McDonald's is now in Vatican City. Does this mean they gotta rewrite the bible explaining how God made Eve from a McRib? (You're welcome)
— Larry The Cable Guy (@GitRDoneLarry) January 2, 2017
"Would you like some Eucharist w/ that order??"
Controversial McDonald's opens in Vatican building https://t.co/KuwSpK0mrS
&mdash１ (@Gdad1) January 3, 2017