Latest

17 May 2016 USA No comments

US Supreme Court seeks compromise over contraception mandate

The justices have asked the lower courts to take another look at the issue America’s Supreme Court has avoided making a definitive decision over the Obama admi…

Read more

18 Sep 2015 Articles Comments (21)

Ten Facts Most Catholics Don’t Know

Every time I hear someone claim to be an “ex-Catholic", a sense of sadness comes over me. In just about every case, people leave the Catholic Faith due to a la…

Read more

14 Nov 2016 Articles No comments

Iraqi Catholics return to church ransacked by ISIS

A tomb had been desecrated and statue of the Virgin Mary was decapitated at the St Addai Chaldean Catholic church There were gasps, followed by tears at a smal…

Read more

02 Nov 2016 News No comments

French bishop: Demolition of Calais Jungle necessary, but change of mentality towards refugees needed

Bishop Jean-Paul Jaeger of Arras said 'unhealthy' conditions meant the transfer of people from the camp was necessary A French bishop defended the demolition o…

Read more

06 Oct 2015 Middle East News No comments

Syrian archbishop criticises US for ‘siding with al-Qaeda’

Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo has said the CIA has been training Syrian rebel groups which are 'al-Qaeda under a different name' A Syrian Catholic archbish…

Read more

04 Mar 2015 Q&A Comments (7)

Female Altar Servers?

Q: What is the Church's position on the use of female altar servers? May all of the servers be female, or must at least one be male? Do you feel that the use of…

Read more

15 Sep 2015 News Vatican No comments

As the cross is lifted high, we must bring ourselves low, Pope says

Today’s feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross reminds us that the way of Christ and his followers is one of humble surrender, Pope Francis said in his homil…

Read more

06 Oct 2014 Vatican No comments

Pope's Angelus Address, Sunday Oct. 5th

Here below is the Angelus address of Pope Francis, given at midday in St. Peter's Square on Sunday, October 5th 2014. *** Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good …

Read more

15 Sep 2016 News Comments (1)

‘It could contribute to a fairer economy’: Cardinal Marx defends TTIP

The cardinal said Europe should play a role in 'shaping globalisation' The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) could help to bring about ec…

Read more
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
«
»

Cardinals oppose ‘perverse’ plan to open a McDonald’s in Vatican City

Cardinal Elio Sgreccia spoke out about the proposed opening of the branch in sight of St Peter’s Square

McDonald’s plan to open its first restaurant in Vatican City has prompted criticism from cardinals living above the proposed site.

The fast food giant is reportedly willing to pay “a few tens of thousands of euros per month" to rent a property within sight of St Peter’s Square, according to the Guardian.

Cardinals claim that they were not consulted by APSA, the Vatican agency that owns the property, about the plans. Instead, residents were only informed after APSA had agreed to rent the ground floor of the property to McDonald’s.

Cardinal Elio Sgreccia told LaRepubblica: “It’s a controversial, perverse decision to say the least. It is by no means respectful of the architectural traditions of one of the most characteristic squares which look onto the colonnade of St Peter’s."

Speaking on behalf of the seven cardinals who live in the property, Cardinal Sgreccia added: “The space should be used instead to house entities which help the needy, in line with the Pope’s call for a ‘poor church for the poor’."

Pope Francis is among one of the former residents of the apartments above the site; he lived there before he began his papacy.










wpsd_autopost:
1

Leave a Reply

  1. most read post
  2. Most Commented
  3. Choose Categories