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Controversial Vatican McDonald’s to give free meals to the homeless

McDonald’s has been causing outrage in Italy for 30 years. Photo: Richard Allaway/Flickr
A McDonald’s restaurant which was labelled “perverse” for opening in a Vatican-owned property, has revealed that it will give out thousands of free meals to the local homeless community.

The restaurant opened at the start of the year, following months of protest from locals over the move.

One cardinal said it was “controversial and perverse” to set up the famed golden arches in a building which is home to seven cardinals and located just metres from St Peter’s Square.

And the Committee for the Protection of Borgo, the historic district around the Vatican, told AFP that the outlet would be a further blow to “identity of the area”, which draws huge throngs of tourists.

Now, the Borgo Pio branch of McDonald’s – nicknamed McVatican – has agreed to collaborate with Medicina Solidale, a local organization which offers assistance to the homeless, in distributing food to those living on the streets around the Vatican.

Lucia Ercoli, director of the organization, said she was “very satisfied with this agreement with McDonald’s” and added that the chain has responded “promptly” to their request.

Medicina Solidale has been working with the Vatican’s charitable arm over the past year, providing health check-ups and medical care to the local homeless community.

Volunteers and workers at the charity will hand out more than 1000 McDonald’s meals to rough sleepers every Monday lunchtime, starting from January 16th. The lunches will include a double cheeseburger, apple slices and a bottle of water.

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