Proof McDonald’s is dominating the world as it opens at controversial new location

A portion of fries from McDonald'sA McDonald’s has opened in the Vatican. It’s open seven days a week, 6.30am to 11pm. The restaurant is just metres away from St Peter’s Square in a Vatican-owned building, 100 yards from the holy state, home of the Pope. McDonald’s openings are a common thing – but this one has caused a bit of fuss. The branch, which went unannounced by the company, and which has seen opposition from locals and members of the Catholic church, has been aptly dubbed “McVatican”. It was first reported by the Catholic Press Agency, but went unreported in the official Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano. According to Rome’s La Repubblica newspaper, the Vatican will receive a monthly rent of 30,000 euros, and is situated on the ground floor of the building. Some cardinals – who say they weren’t consulted on the McDonald’s – live directly above the restaurant. More