This video from Italy says about itself:
20 April 2013
Visit the St. Peter’s Basilica and the St. Peter’s Square in Rome. Lean back and discover the beautiful Saint Peter’s Basilica and Saint Peter’s Square 3D in Google Earth.
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This 1875 picture, by Carl Heinrich Bloch, depicts Jesus driving the money changers from the Jerusalem temple, as told in the Christian Bible. However, it looks that today, at least one of the money changers is a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church …
From AFP news agency:
Cardinals in a tizz over Vatican McDonalds
Published October 15, 2016 10:41pm
ROME, Italy – The new McVatican comes with a side order of outrage.
Plans to open a McDonald’s next to Saint Peter’s Square in Rome have angered cardinals, including a group of the red-hatted “Princes of the Church” who live above the proposed site.
“It’s a controversial, perverse decision to say the least,” Cardinal Elio Sgreccia said in an interview with La Repubblica daily on Saturday.
Opening a branch of the US fast-food chain in a piazza to the right of the Vatican’s basilica is “by no means respectful of the architectural traditions of one of the most characteristic squares which look onto the colonnade of Saint Peters,” he said.
Sgreccia does not live in the building but was speaking on behalf of the seven cardinals who do reside above the site, which covers 538 square meters (5,800 square foot), and is being rented out by ASPA, the authority in charge of the Vatican’s real estate.
One angry cardinal has even written a letter to Pope Francis urging him to intervene against a commercial decision which would bring 30,000 euros ($33,000) a month into the Vatican’s coffers but at a noisy, burger-smelling price, La Repubblica said.
Moreno Prosperi, head of the Committee for the Protection of Borgo, the historic district around the Vatican where many cardinals live, told AFP that the planned outlet would be a further blow to the area which draws huge throngs of tourists.
“Over the last few years, the identity of this area has been lost” due to an increase in illegal souvenir stands and mini markets, he said.
Other members of the committee say it is madness to pack more people into an area considered at high risk of a terror attack.
Instead of a Golden Arches near the heart of the Roman Catholic Church, the space should be used to house entities which help the needy, in line with the pope’s call for “a poor Church for the poor“, Sgreccia said.
But Cardinal Domenico Calcagno, head of ASPA, told La Repubblica he was “not going to back down” because the deal is legally valid and he didn’t see “anything negative” about it.
See also here.
These disgusting photos of the inside of a McDonald’s ice cream machine are making us regret our choices this weekend.
MCDONALD’S workers are to strike in Britain for the first time after a beefy ballot yesterday backed action over unpalatable pay and conditions at two of its branches: here.
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Tuesday 22nd August 2017
posted by Morning Star in Britain
by Felicity Collier
McDONALD’S workers are set to strike on September 4, the Bakers, Food & Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) announced yesterday.
The initial threat of action by employees in Crayford, Kent, and Cambridge over zero-hours contracts prompted the burger chain over the weekend to cave in to workers’ demands over guaranteed hours.
But workers are furious that it took the multinational fi ve months to formally inform them that their concerns over conditions would be addressed.
BFAWU trade union organiser Gareth Lane told the Star the workers didn’t believe the chain would follow through on promises to end zero-hours contracts.
He said: “We demand that management sit with us and sign a legal document to say they will deliver what they said they would deliver to vulnerable workers.”
Picket lines will form outside the two stores from 6am in Cambridge and 7am in Crayford.
There will also be a day of action on September 2, where the union’s president and general secretary, along with Unite members from New Zealand, will pitch up at the corporation’s East Finchley headquarters.
Workers will then come together in Westminster where they will meet Labour shadow chancellor John McDonnell.
Mr Lane said: “Workers are confi dent and ready to go. They’re chomping at the bit.
“If they snub us, other stores are ready to go. Workers are ready to go all over the place.”
BFAWU president Ian Hodson said: “McDonald’s have failed to deliver on the promises it made — it hasn’t dealt with their grievances procedure properly, hasn’t looked to seriously improve poor working conditions, and has failed to end the use of zero-hour contracts — something that was promised to workers just earlier this year.”
Steve, who works in the Cambridge Newmarket Road store, said: “It’s pretty bad on all fronts.
“Staff members have been threatened with violence if they don’t do their jobs. We’ve been completely ignored.
“It was only when we came together that we got answers.”
Scores of trade unionists tweeted their support to striking workers, with TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady saying: “Well done. So good to see low-paid workers organising and winning.”
Firefighters’ union FBU also posted: “Congrats to our friends at the bakers’ union for organising and winning for their members in McDonalds.”
McDonald’s had not responded to requests for comment at the time of going to press.
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