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By Cacinda Maloney

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Just heard the news that the central bank of Italy has blocked the Vatican City’s ability to accept credit cards or debit cards because of some questions about the holy city’s compliance with anti-money-laundering controls. The ban went into effect January 1 , 2013, and still hasn’t been fixed. So in the meantime, if you’re waiting in line for, say, the Vatican Museum, make sure you have cash on hand. Of course, the Vatican is scrambling to get this fixed and shake off doubts about its financial transparency. However, the site’s online ticket and souvenir payment system appeared to be unaffected.

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Priest scrambling around to decide what to do!


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