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The Story of the German ‘Bling Bishop’

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Germany’s Bishop of Limburg, the notorious ‘bling bishop’ who squandered millions in church funds on an extravagant residence. DW looks back at the case. What are the allegations? As early as the beginning of 2012, Limburg Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst made headlines with a flight to India. He […]

Pope Francis has lavished praise on Sweden for its policy on integrating immigrants into society and hinted he would like to visit the country in future. The pontiff made the comments after meeting two Argentinian brothers who moved to Sweden in the 70s to flee their nation’s military dictatorship. Carlos and Rodolfo Luna chatted for […]

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Vatican says there are ways to spend less time in purgatory and more time getting close to God — like Twitter, for example. Those of you who can’t fly to Rio this summer for World Youth Day, but desperately need to trim time from your afterlife’s stop in purgatory, rejoice: Pope Francis is offering you the […]

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Pope Francis is to make a visit to the Italian island of Lampedusa on Monday, to pray for illegal migrants lost at sea trying to reach Europe. A Vatican statement said the Pope had been profoundly touched by a recent fatal shipwreck off the island of a boat carrying migrants from Africa. The visit is […]

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