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A Controversial New McDonald’s Has Opened Near The Vatican

Cardinals are mad.

There are over 30,000 places in the world where you can eat McDonald’s. You can buy a vanilla shake in the middle of the Negev Desert. You can get a Happy Meal at Guantanamo Bay.

And now, thanks to the chain’s newest conquest, you can grab a Big Mac at the Vatican. According to the Local, a McDonald’s has opened just around the corner from St. Peter’s Square, on the first floor of a building that houses seven cardinals.

Its new neighbors aren’t too happy. “It’s a controversial, perverse decision,” one cardinal said in October, when the restaurant was first proposed.

But the cardinal in charge of renting out the space—for $33,000 a month—wasn’t buying it. “I don’t see the scandal,” he said. Or maybe he just loves fries.

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