FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2013 file photo the Bishop of Limburg Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst blesses a new Kindergarten in Frankfurt, Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, Files)
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The Vatican removed a German bishop on Wednesday because he spent 31 million euros ($43 million) of Church funds on an extravagant residence when Pope Francis was preaching austerity.Tebartz-van Elst, dubbed the "bishop of bling", had been ordered to stay out of his diocese temporarily last October while a local Church investigation and audit into cost over-runs was made.Another prelate, Monsignor Manfred Grothe, has been appointed to run the diocese as an administrator on the Vatican's behalf for the time being and a position will be found for Tebartz-van Elst in due course, the Vatican said.Francis has several times told bishops not to live like princes.Tebartz-van Elst, 54, is still 21 years away from official retirement age in the Church.
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