After six weeks, credit card payments return to the Vatican
13 February 2013 | 7242 views | 3
Visitors to the Vatican City can once more use their credit cards for purchases and ATM withdrawals, following the end of a six week ban over money laundering concerns.
On the 1 January the Bank of Italy suspended all card payments in the Vatican until further notice over a failure to implement anti-money laundering law.
Deutsche Bank Italia, which handled bank card payments in the city-state was ordered to deactivate terminals, forcing tourists and pilgrims to use cash.
According to Reuters, spokesman Father Federico Lombardi has confirmed that Swiss card payment specialist Aduno has now taken over processing. The Bank of Italy does not need to approve the arrangement because Aduno is based outside of the EU.
Cards are now being accepted again, enabling pilgrims flocking to the state in the wake of Pope Benedict XVI's resignation to pay for their souvenirs with plastic.