At Crux there is a story about the opening of a papal sponsored laundry available to the poor and homeless in Trastevere. At the end we read…
When a new McDonald’s opened a few months ago just a few yards from the entrance to Vatican City, many cardinals and Vatican officials who lived in the area complained. Soon after opening, and working with the Office of Papal Charities, the fast food restaurant started offering thousands of meals a week to the homeless who live in the area, which dampened the opposition.
Francis is the latest in a long line of popes to take an interest in Rome’s poor. The famous Trevi Fountain, for example, was commissioned by Pope Urban VIII to bring fresh water to the impoverished citizens of the city.
Urban VIII’s public works project to help the poor. Bringing Acqua Vergine to the people!
Here’s Er Fontanone on the Gianicolo, provided by Paul V. It hooked up to another fountain by the Tiber at the Ponte Sisto to provide Acqua Paola.
Sixtus V brought “happy water” to the folks of this area when it was severely run down. How he decorated Acqua Felice.
So… McDonald’s and a laundry. I’m all for the free market, and I’m not saying that a laundry isn’t useful, but … Crux… c’mon!