Vatican can take credit cards again
Visitors to St Peter's and other Vatican sites had to carry cash this year
February 13th, 2013
04:16 AM ET

Vatican can take credit cards again

By Mark Thompson,CNNMoney

LONDON (CNNMoney) - The Vatican has sidestepped EU banking rules by turning to a Swiss company to restore card payments in its museums after they were suspended over concerns that the city-state was not doing enough to prevent money laundering.

Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said Swiss card payment specialist Aduno had been contracted to provide the service, blocked for the last six weeks.

- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Business • Vatican

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  1. AvdBerg

    The church hierarchy refers to the Pope as 'Holy Father', while the Word of God teaches us to call no man your (spiritual) father upon the earth (Matthew 23:9). The Pope was never appointed or ordained by God but rather by men and a quick study of the Papal Office will confirm that it is not 'Holy' at all.

    For a better understanding of the history of the Papacy and the spirit the Pope serves we invite you to read the articles 'Papal Infallibility, Contradictions and Spiritual Blindness', 'The Mystery Babylon' and 'Popes and the Princes of This World', listed on our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca

    All of the other pages and articles listed on our website explain how and by whom this whole world has been deceived as confirmed in Revelation 12:9.

    Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find (Matthew 7:7).

    February 13, 2013 at 5:42 pm |
    • midwest rail

      Thief. Con man.

      February 13, 2013 at 5:44 pm |
    • TROLL Alert

      This poster is a TROLL on this site, they are proven liars and are only here to sell their book and website for their cult.

      Click the report abuse link to get rid of this troll..

      February 13, 2013 at 7:47 pm |
    • Answer

      "while the Word of God teaches us to call no man your father upon the earth" .

      Answer: http://www.catholic.com/tracts/call-no-man-father

      February 13, 2013 at 7:49 pm |
    • Funny Atheist

      The pope of the Roman Catholic Church is not the only minister who goes by that ti.tle. The patriarchs of the Eastern orthodox Church and other Churches which have Patriarchs use that ti.tle for their Patriarchs. He is not the Holy Divine Father. He is the Patriarch of Rome and as such honoured by the ti.tle Holy Father like all other Patriarchs of the Church just as a priest is called Father or Reverend Father.

      February 14, 2013 at 8:09 am |
  2. ..

    The Vatican side-stepping laws in the name of money? Business as usual. Hypocrites.

    February 13, 2013 at 1:32 pm |
  3. Marvin Plurkin, hamster trainer of the stars!

    The Vatican had to stop taking credit cards because of money laundering?

    Anyone who thinks Catholicism is a source of morality and righteous living really isn't paying attention.

    February 13, 2013 at 1:23 pm |
    • danielwalldammit

      That's been clear for some time.

      February 13, 2013 at 5:00 pm |
    • sam stone

      Preacher man talking on the TV, putting down rock and roll. Wants me to send a donation, 'cause he's worried about my soul

      February 14, 2013 at 12:49 pm |
  4. HotAirAce

    Excellent! Time to invest in companies that manufacturer plastic jesuses and other catholic believer tourist souvenirs.

    February 13, 2013 at 9:26 am |
  5. Over 40,000 denominations of insanity

    Has anything improved with Christianity since 200+ years ago?

    Thomas Jefferson, POTUS #3 (from Notes on the State of Virginia):

    Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth.

    James Madison, POTUS #4, chief architect of the U.S. Constitution & the Bill of Rights (from A Memorial and Remonstrance delivered to the Virginia General Assembly in 1785):

    During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry, and persecution.

    John Adams, POTUS #2 (in a letter to Thomas Jefferson, 09/03/1816):

    I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved – the Cross. Consider what calamities that engine of grief has produced! With the rational respect that is due to it, knavish priests have added prostitutions of it, that fill or might fill the blackest and bloodiest pages of human history.

    Ben Franklin (from a letter to The London Packet, 3 June 1772):

    If we look back into history for the character of present sects in Christianity, we shall find few that have not in their turns been persecutors, and complainers of persecution. The primitive Christians thought persecution extremely wrong in the Pagans, but practised it on one another. The first Protestants of the Church of England, blamed persecution in the Roman church, but practised it against the Puritans: these found it wrong in the Bishops, but fell into the same practice themselves both here and in New England.

    Thomas Paine (from The Age of Reason):

    All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.

    February 13, 2013 at 8:39 am |
  6. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    February 13, 2013 at 7:53 am |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your repeated assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. Using my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE), the expression that best matches the degree to which your repeated unfounded assertions may represent truths is: "EPIC FAIL".

      February 13, 2013 at 8:47 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      February 13, 2013 at 10:56 am |
  7. clarity

    How timely. There is, of course, another article on the Pope falling short on cleaning up finances. Then we had John Paul I, that some speculated might have been murdered by someone in the loop of connections between Sicilian Mafioso banker Michele Sindona, Roberto Calvi, chairman of the Banco Ambrosiano (the ‘Priests’ Bank’), and Archbishop Paul Marcinkus of Chicago, who evidently was also at the time president of the "Vatican Bank":


    Very interesting . . .

    February 13, 2013 at 7:48 am |
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