McDonald's received a lukewarm reception when it opened a new branch within sight of Pope Francis's window, but now the fast food giant seems to have taken on board one of his cherished principles - feeding the hungry. Jillian Kitchener reports.
After some Holy outrage with a new McDonald's just steps away from the Vatican, the company has taken a charitible turn. McDonald's employees began handing out free meals to Rome's homeless population - getting on board with the Pope's pledge to help those less fortunate. Double cheeseburgers, apples and water were distributed at a nearby walk-in clinic... Where some of the city's homeless said multi-national companies SHOULD give away their food at the end of the day, instead of throwing it away. But Politician Alfredo Iorio says McDonald's shouldn't be here in the first place. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) POLITICIAN ALFREDO IORIO SAYING: "We will wage a war that has never been seen before. The Pope speaks about capitalism, gives all these lovely speeches, and then lets McDonald's open in his buildings for 26,000 euro a month, it's a disgrace. Ask the local businesses." The fifty lunches served, Monday, is just a start. McDonald's has pledged to serve 1,000 meals over the next six months... hoping to quell some negative feelings.