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Bank card payments suspended in Vatican

Vati Leaks - Monday, January 07, 2013
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AFP - The Bank of Italy has suspended all bank card payments in the Vatican including for tickets to its famous museum until further notice because of a failure to fully implement anti money laundering legislation, Italian media reported on Thursday.
The payments have been suspended since January 1 after the Bank of Italy ordered Deutsche Bank Italia, which handles bank card payments on Vatican territory, to deactivate its terminals because of a lack of authorisation for the transactions.
The Vatican museum, which was visited by five million tourists last year who paid a total of 91.3 million euros ($120 million), will now be asking for payments in cash, La Repubblica Daily reported.
The reports quoted Italian central bank sources saying the Vatican does not respect international anti-money laundering norms and an Italian-registered bank such as Deutsche Bank Italia can therefore not operate on its territory.
The suspension also includes payments at the Vatican pharmacy, the post office and a few ships that operate in the world's tiniest state.
Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said contacts were underway with other operators and the suspension of bank card payments should be ‘short-lived’, Corriere della Sera reported.

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