The economic history of the Vatican City

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Vatican's endorsement deals leave many Mexicans uneasy
By Andrew Downie, Chronicle, [29 January 1999]. The Holy See has passed the plate to companies selling everything from soft drinks to computers to potato chips. Now, the donations are flooding in. Pepsi tops the list of advertisers, but there are plenty of others as well.
Vatican Bank Top 10 Money Laundering Destination
Law Offices Of Jonathan Levy and Thomas Dewey Easton, 29 November 2001. According to one global source, the Vatican is the main destination for over $55 billion in illegal Italian money laundering and the number 8 destination worldwide for laundered money.
Vatican Lawsuit Liability exceeds $1 billion in USA Courts
California Law Offices of Tom Easton & Jonathan Levy, 22 May 2002. The Vatican, which has long claimed immunity to lawsuits, is now facing claimants seeking more than $1 billion. Insurance commissioners from Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, Okalahoma, and Arkansas have joined Holocaust victims and victims of pedophile priests in filing lawsuits against the Vatican and Vatican Bank.