VATICAN CITY Jan 22 The Vatican bank asked
Italy on Wednesday to resume normal banking relations, which
have been effectively frozen since 2010, saying it had made
great progress with new anti-money laundering provisions.
"The (bank) looks forward to a resumption of full
interaction with Italian financial institutions pending review
by Italian regulatory authorities of the Holy See and Vatican
City State's anti-money laundering provisions," a report said.
Italian banks stopped dealing with the IOR in 2010 after the
central bank told them they had to enforce strict anti-money
laundering criteria if they wanted to continue doing
transactions with the IOR.
(Reporting by Philip Pullella; Editing by Catherine Evans)