Bank blocks use of credit cards at Vatican

Jan. 3, 2013 at 3:17 PM

ROME, Vatican City, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- The Bank of Italy said it is blocking all credit card transactions in the Vatican because the city-state does not meet EU banking standards, officials said.

The ban means tourists' admission fees to enter Vatican museums -- along with food and other expenses -- will need to be paid in cash, Corriere della Sera said Wednesday. Debit cards can still be used.

A Vatican spokesman said he hoped the credit card restriction would be brief and expressed optimism the banking issues could be resolved.

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