Vatican credit stop emblematic of finance woes

Associated Press
Vatican credit stop emblematic of finance woes

In this picture taken on Monday, June 10, 2013, Ernst von Freyberg, president of the Vatican Bank I.O.R. (Istituto per le Opere Religiose), sits under a rendition of Peter Paul Rubens' 1612 painting "The tribute money", inspired to the answer attributed to Jesus: "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's" when he was asked wether it was right or not to pay taxes to the Romans, as he talks with the Associated Press during an interview at his office in Vatican City. The Vatican still hasn’t fully solved an embarrassing shutdown in credit card services, despite announcing four months ago that systems were back up - as Pope Benedict XVI’s shock resignation laid the ground for a bonanza in Vatican-minted papal memorabilia. The impact has been far worse than the Vatican ever let on, costing the Holy See a fortune at a time when the Catholic world is still buzzing with excitement about the election of Pope Francis. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

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