A suspension of electronic payments in Vatican City is threatening finances in the world’s smallest state as pilgrims and tourists are forced to use cash in museums and shops with yearly sales of more than $100 million.
A suspension of electronic payments in the Vatican City is threatening finances in the world’s smallest state as thousands of pilgrims and tourists are forced to use cash only in museums and shops with yearly sales of more than $100 million.
By Michelle Boorstein Oct. 20 (Washington Post) -- Pope Benedict XVI named Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl and 23 other Catholic leaders from around the world to the elite status of cardinal on Wednesday. The highest-ranking officials in the Catholic Church after the pope, cardinals are the ones who elect new pontiffs. Wuerl, 69, is a cautious educator who shares the pope's top priority: eliminating ambiguity in an era of debate about Catholicism's position on everything from health care to human sexuality. He is considered a leading catechist, or teacher of Catholic doctrine, and a diplomat on explosive social issues. Typically a staid, formal man who prefers to resolve issues out of the public eye, Wuerl drew headlines last year when he told Washington, D.C., officials that he might end spousal health benefits for employees of Catholic Charities if the city legalized same-sex marriage. When the law passed, Wuerl kept his promise, saying the