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Picture taken on December 12, 2012 shows Limburg's Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst in his private chapel at the bishop's residence in Limburg an der Lahn, central Germany. As the Vatican announced on October 23, 2013, Tebartz-van Elst was temporarily suspended from his office. The bishop is under fire for building an extravagant multi-million-euro residential complex and for allegations that he also lied under oath. AFP PHOTO / DPA / BORIS ROESSLER / GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read BORIS ROESSLER/AFP/Getty Images)
Picture taken on December 12, 2012 shows Limburg's Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst in his private chapel at the bishop's residence in Limburg an der Lahn, central Germany. As the Vatican announced on October 23, 2013, Tebartz-van Elst was temporarily suspended from his office. The bishop is under fire for building an extravagant multi-million-euro residential complex and for allegations that he also lied under oath. AFP PHOTO / DPA / BORIS ROESSLER / GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read BORIS ROESSLER/AFP/Getty Images)

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