German Bishop Expelled over $43 Million (USD) Residence

Pope Francis expelled a German bishop for using Church funds to build a $43 million (USD, 31 million Euro) residence. Official statements did not specify whether the bishop might be reinstated after an official church inquiry.

German Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, 53, will be absent from the diocese of Limburg for an unspecified period of time. While the Vatican has not said if this expulsion will be permanent, sources have suggested that reinstatement is unlikely.

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