In this May 14, 2015 photo, Bishop Guillermo Steckling, of Germany, leads a confirmation ceremony at the Espiritu Santo Catholic Church in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay.(AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
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In the months since Pope Francis ousted the bishop of Paraguay's second-largest diocese, questions keep surfacing about the Rev. Rogelio Livieres Plano's management of church money.As Paraguayan Catholics prepare to welcome Francis during his South American tour that starts July 5, new leaders of the diocese in this eastern border city are trying to erase the debt left by the controversial bishop, raising money through raffles and bingo games. Multiple attempts to locate Livieres Plano for comment, or find someone able to speak on his behalf, were not successful.It is not clear what became of funds belonging to the diocese of nearly 1 million church members. An Associated Press review found that during his decade as bishop, Livieres Plano did make several questionable spending decisions.The diocese, under Livieres Plano, was listed on 2008 incorporation papers for a company named "Green Energy" that was partially owned by the bishop's brother.Pope Francis removed Livieres Plano without commenting on the unusual action.
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