Vatican can't take credit card payments
January 4th, 2013
12:26 PM ET

Vatican can't take credit card payments

By Mark Thompson, CNN Money

(CNN) – If you're planning on visiting the Vatican any time soon, take plenty of cash for tickets and souvenirs.

Vatican museums and shops have been unable to accept credit or debit card payments since Jan. 1, after the Bank of Italy prevented Deutsche Bank from providing the service due to concerns about financial oversight in the city-state, sources familiar with the matter told CNNMoney.

The world's smallest state is home to the Pope and such popular tourist sites as St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, attracting some 5 million visitors per year.

The Vatican has taken several steps in recent years to improve its record on banking supervision. But a report last year by Moneyval - an independent group of European experts - found it was still falling short of international standards to tackle money laundering and other financial crimes.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Catholic Church • Money & Faith • Vatican

soundoff (125 Responses)
  1. JW

    All I have to say Laviticus 20:13 King James Bible.

    January 10, 2013 at 11:15 pm |
  2. Banjo Ferret

    Ferretians can take credit cards, probably because we are the one true religion. Repent!

    January 7, 2013 at 10:50 am |
  3. Robert De La Ross

    I just got paid $6784 working off my laptop this month. And if you think that's cool, my divorced friend has twin toddlers and made over $9k her first month. It feels so good making so much money when other people have to work for so much less. This is what I do, Rich45.ℂOM

    January 6, 2013 at 7:55 pm |
    • midwest rail

      Yeah, it's working so well you have to troll public comment boards to steal free advertising.

      January 6, 2013 at 7:58 pm |
  4. Peter

    I doubt that picture wasn't taken at a Vatican shop. The mini busts of Caesar kind of the gives it away that it is not from the Vatican.

    January 5, 2013 at 6:51 pm |
    • Peter

      That should be was not wasn't

      January 5, 2013 at 6:52 pm |
  5. Bootyfunk

    how many deaths are the pope's responsible for? in the past, it was encouraging war and slaughter via the Crusades, encouraging ignorance and violence via the Inquisition... how many people are infected with HIV because the pope said not to wear a condom?

    the vatican - doling out misery since it was built.

    January 5, 2013 at 2:51 pm |
    • End Religion

      That would make an awesome graphic.... big smiling pope with that over-eager 50's grin, big pope hat and giving us a thumbs up, with text "The Vatican – Doling out misery since 1929."

      January 5, 2013 at 5:09 pm |
  6. Angel Moronic

    Has anyone told the Vatican that there is no technological or theological reason to osbstruct the installation of credit card scanner/reader in confession booths.

    January 5, 2013 at 2:09 pm |
    • Terra Perraclosa

      Ah. I see what you did there.

      January 6, 2013 at 2:44 pm |
  7. John not the Baptist

    I suppose you should get some sort of credit for showing up to try and defend the RCC, no matter how lame. Still there are many cowards that defend the faith on a regular basis that never show up when a story is critical of their particular delusion. You know who you are, Bill.

    January 5, 2013 at 9:00 am |
  8. truth be told

    To all honest people who read these blogs.
    Please remember that all so called atheists are liars. It is impossible for any atheist type to tell the Truth, they gather here as defective cells gather to form a cancer but none of them have any Truth to offer mankind.

    January 5, 2013 at 4:39 am |
    • ???????

      No lying ,how old is the earth?

      January 5, 2013 at 6:50 am |
    • End Religion

      I think TBT has momentarily forgotten that lying is a Top 10 Sin. Let's hope he packed his flame-retardant swim trunks for the eternity he will spend being lava-boarded in god's beautiful concentration camp beside scenic Lake O' Fire. A note to asthmatics: don't forget your inhalers, the brimstone count is high this season!

      January 5, 2013 at 7:12 am |
    • John not the Baptist

      I am an atheist, I can't stop, reason and logic prevent me from beind anything else. Do I lie, from time to time, it is part of the human condition. For example, if I were trying to be kind to you, truth be told, and said you were a warm, loving. intelligent, rational person, that would not be a little white lie, but a whopper.

      January 5, 2013 at 8:03 am |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "truth be told", but everything you have written on the Belief Blog to date has either been unfounded or falsehoods. Using my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE), the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent truths is: "TOTAL FAIL".

      January 5, 2013 at 9:57 am |
    • EvolvedDNA

      truth be told...if you had the truth you would have mentioned it and you have nothing...You are a victim of other peoples delusions...sorry about that.

      January 5, 2013 at 12:57 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      christians are allergic to facts and logic.

      January 5, 2013 at 2:46 pm |
    • Peter

      No lying ,how old is the earth?
      Don't confuse Catholics with Evangelical American Protestants. The Catholic Church accepts evolution.

      January 5, 2013 at 6:55 pm |
  9. Bootyfunk

    the vendors outside the vatican laugh every they sell one a piece of crap trinket to an american tourist. "i got this at the vatican!" too bad they didn't see that it says 'made in china' on the bottom.

    January 5, 2013 at 4:20 am |
  10. Brampt

    The bible foretells that soon the governments are going to make a joint effort to erradicate from the face of the earth every religion that falsely represents him. ( Rev chapter 17-19)
    God give the warning: Rev 18 – Get out of her, my people, if ​YOU​ do not want to share with her in her sins, and if ​YOU​ do not want to receive part of her plagues.5For her sins have massed together clear up to heaven, and God has called her acts of injustice to mind.6Render to her even as she herself rendered, and do to her twice as much, yes, twice the number of the things she did; in the cup in which she put a mixture put twice as much of the mixture for her.7To the extent that she glorified herself and lived in shameless luxury, to that extent give her torment and mourning. For in her heart she keeps saying, ‘I sit a queen, and I am no widow, and I shall never see mourning.’8That is why in one day her plagues will come, death and mourning and famine, and she will be completely burned with fire, because God, who judged her, is strong.

    January 5, 2013 at 1:15 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      revelation... god is a maniac. the biggest mass-murderer ever. at one point god drowned every human on earth but one family - that means god drowned babies. only a monster could fill a child's lung's with water and call it divine justice. but that actually pales in comparison to the billions of people jesus kills when he opens his daddy's seven seals and releases death, war, plague, famine, etc. on the earth, again killing children in the mix. they kill everyone that isn't a christian. some love and compassion... the christian god is disgusting.

      January 5, 2013 at 4:18 am |
    • Brampt

      Bootyfunk- god is mass murder?? For us to live in peace, he needs to eliminate the elements that distroy this world! If it weren't for god to intervene humans would devour each to death. So he wants to protect the good people of this planet. That's why he always gives warnings before hand... In this case he's says" get out of there my people if you don't want particate in her plagues".

      January 5, 2013 at 9:14 am |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Brampt..as usual its all fear and loathing that you have to offer. Notice to, that all the plagues mentioned were common occurrences in the middle east at the time. What did your bible claim that was not known by humans at the time? You are following the words of a group of normal folks... no divine alien involved.

      January 5, 2013 at 1:10 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      "For us to live in peace, he needs to eliminate the elements that distroy this world! If it weren't for god to intervene humans would devour each to death"
      so he kills babies? read that again: BABIES. you god is a monster.

      January 5, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
    • Sue

      Brampt, the bible foretells nothing of subtance with any credibility. If you want to present a credible prophecy, present one with predicted dates in it for the predicted events, and then prove that those events happened on the predicted dates. Or just be silent.

      January 5, 2013 at 5:16 pm |
    • Brampt

      Sue – an example of an accomplished prophecy:
      “For the reason that you [the Israelites] did not obey my [God’s] words, here I am sending . . . to Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, . . . and I will bring them [the Babylonians] against this land and against its inhabitants . . . And all this land must become a devastated place, an object of astonishment, and these nations will have to serve the king of Babylon seventy years.”—Jeremiah 25:8-11.
      Fulfillment: After an extended siege, Nebuchadnezzar sacked Jerusalem in 607 B.C.E. He also conquered other Judean cities, including Lachish and Azekah. (Jeremiah 34:6, 7) He deported most of the survivors to Babylon, where they were held captive for 70 years.
      What history reveals:
      ● The Bible identifies Nebuchadnezzar as being the king of Babylon about the time of Jerusalem’s destruction. Archaeological evidence supports the Bible’s testimony about his existence. A cameo made of onyx stone is on display in Florence, Italy. It bears an inscription that says in part: “In honour of Merodach, his lord, Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, in his life-time had this made.” Nebuchadnezzar ruled from 624 to 582 B.C.E.
      ● The book The Bible and Archaeology says that excavations and surveys in Lachish confirm the following: “The final destruction was violent, and so fierce was the fire which destroyed the city [Lachish] that the limestone of the buildings turned to lime.”

      January 5, 2013 at 7:29 pm |
    • Brampt

      Bootyfunk – the Bible does show that God views the young children of true Christians as “holy.” (1 Cor. 7:14) It also reveals that in times past when God destroyed the wicked he likewise destroyed their little ones. (Num. 16:27, 32; Ezek. 9:6) God does not want anyone to be destroyed, so he is having a warning sounded now to benefit both parents and children.
      In Gods eyes parents are responsable for there children. Children tend to reflect what there parents are!

      January 5, 2013 at 7:45 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Brampt the bible was written after the events you mentioned so how can that be a prophesy? and dubious connections made by those who have an interest in making it all fit. Again there is nothing in the bible that was not known by humanity at the time. Do you think that god could have amazed us by telling us how the sun burns, or a discussion of say the Arctic and northern lights? what about penguins? or Polar bears. No nothing more than was known at the time by those in the middle east.

      January 6, 2013 at 12:06 am |
    • Brampt

      Evolved – how do you know the prophesy was written before it happened??
      Look at this passage:
      Job 26:7- "Hanging the earth upon nothing;" in a time people thought our planet was being held by elaphants, turtles... The bible already said that our planet was hanging upon nothing.
      Isa 40:22- "There is One who is dwelling above the circle of the earth"

      Man only got to confirm these truths after the first man went to the moon!

      January 6, 2013 at 1:33 pm |
    • Damocles


      I'm sorry, are you saying that the astronauts found an enti-ty living above the earth????

      January 6, 2013 at 1:36 pm |
    • Brampt

      Democles – no. Man finally confirmed that the earth in not a square or flat, and that our planet is hanging over nothing.

      January 6, 2013 at 2:12 pm |
  11. Chick-a-dee

    Va fongul, Tom Tom.

    January 5, 2013 at 12:46 am |
    • Bet

      Perché si vuole che la mia capra a farsi fottere il culo, Chickypoo?

      January 5, 2013 at 1:51 am |
    • Chick-a-dee

      Bet, haven't said anything to you. I'm not interested in your goat or you for that matter. Actually, I'm tired of wasting energy here.
      If your barnyard animals want some action, you'll have to hook them up with the marriage-redefinition crowd here. Surely you'll get one of them to bite if you offer a dowry to go along with the much coveted tax deduction.

      January 6, 2013 at 4:26 am |
    • midwest rail

      Yeah, just everyone knows that the "marriage re-definition" crowd is only interested in a tax deduction. (eye roll)

      January 6, 2013 at 4:51 am |
    • In Spire Ring

      "Marriage redefinition" is nothing new. They're saying that Jesus married a church!

      January 6, 2013 at 5:49 am |
  12. Mohammad A Dar

    now let's see if all outraged holy worriers cut their cards into two pieces too !!

    January 5, 2013 at 12:16 am |
  13. Rational Humanist

    All that junk looks like it was made in China...by heathens! zomg! 😮

    When the biggest criminal organizations like the RCC are finally eliminated and all their ill-gotten wealth confiscated and given to repair the damage those criminals have done....it will be a good first step toward sanity for the world.

    January 4, 2013 at 11:15 pm |
  14. Chick-a-dee

    Faccio che non lei parla di, Akira.

    January 4, 2013 at 10:11 pm |
    • Mohammad A Dar

      stop pretending multilingual, your Google translation is horrible, goon

      January 5, 2013 at 12:01 am |
  15. Chick-a-dee

    Akira, faccio che non lei parla di. So per fingere di sapere delle cose in pericoloso.

    January 4, 2013 at 10:02 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      No surprise you'd like to pretend the mob is non-existent.

      January 4, 2013 at 10:05 pm |
    • Dennis

      Chickless, the primary language of this blog is English. Use it or go on being a wimp. Your call.

      January 5, 2013 at 5:18 pm |
  16. Chick-a-dee

    Akira, non so chi parla di. So che fingendo di sapere che le cose possono essere pericolose.

    January 4, 2013 at 9:53 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Not as dangerous as pretending to speak Italian.

      January 4, 2013 at 10:18 pm |
    • Akira

      Dangerous for who, Maria-Phillipe?
      I told you on TJI I detest dishonest disinguenity, you fraud.

      January 4, 2013 at 11:25 pm |
  17. Chick-a-dee

    While we're asking questions why wasn't this international standard heading off problems with American mortgage derivatives, or London intra-bank overnight lending rates, or usuary rates on credit cards, or over extending loans to a laundry list of nations, or illegal foreclosure proceedings that devestates the US real estate market. It must have been that all their resources were focused on the 1 bank, in the world's smallest country, which just happened to not be doing anything wrong.

    January 4, 2013 at 9:25 pm |
    • arnie


      January 5, 2013 at 1:28 am |
    • End Religion

      Don't mind Chick, she's busily setting up straw men.

      January 5, 2013 at 7:07 am |
    • John not the Baptist

      I guess we should thank you for making totally ignorant statements, you prove that your delusions have no value. The Maria does not exist beyond Hollywood imagination of course is not true anyoe can find the history of that organization and its connection with the RCC. The paranoia of the RCC, the media and banking regulators have it in for them, not really, just providing the facts. Talking to a fool about their sickness can be futile; but why do you think your god/jesus does not exist only in a 2000 year old book of fiction written by ignorant goatherders and used by Hollywood moguls out to make a buck on the delusions of the sheep?

      January 5, 2013 at 7:52 am |
  18. Clyde

    And here you were looking forward to using the ATMs in Latin.

    January 4, 2013 at 8:25 pm |
  19. Akira

    Non male per una donna tedesca di Rochester.

    January 4, 2013 at 8:13 pm |
    • Chick-a-dee

      Akira, I'm done with you, your band of delinquents and your nonsense. You are a pathetic individual creating an imaginary friend in upstate New York. I am not involved with you and quite frankly, I don't want to know you or your merry band.

      January 6, 2013 at 4:17 am |
  20. Mohammad A Dar

    funny, honesty preaching goons have zero credibility in our banking system, white rob mafias

    January 4, 2013 at 7:29 pm |
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