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Pope Banishes Germany's 'Luxury Bishop' from Diocese

Pope Francis banished a German Roman Catholic prelate known as the “luxury bishop” from his diocese on Wednesday for spending 31 million euros ($43 million) of Church funds on his residence at a time when the pontiff is stressing austerity.   But Francis stopped short of dismissing him outright, a step which many German Catholics and the media had called for.   In a highly unusual move, Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg was ordered to leave his diocese while an ...

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