VATICAN CITY Feb 12 The Vatican has reached an
agreement allowing the resumption of debit and credit card
payments which Italian banking authorities had blocked within
the tiny city state, the Vatican spokesman said on Tuesday.
"Credit card payments in the Vatican city state are once
more activated," Father Federico Lombardi told a news briefing.
He said Swiss group Aduno will be responsible for
managing the electronic payment services, which are used by
millions of tourists and pilgrims visiting museums and shops
within the Vatican.
Italian regulators blocked the use of debit and credit cards
last month over concerns about a lack of transparency.
(Reporting Philip Pullella)