Pope replaces German 'bling bishop' after inquiry - Article Photos 1/4

FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2013 file picture people watch a part of the residence of Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, Bishop, in Limburg, Germany. Pope Francis on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 permanently removed a German bishop from his Limburg diocese after his 31 million-euro ($43-million) new residence complex caused an uproar among the faithful. Francis had temporarily expelled Monsignor Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst from Limburg in October pending a church inquiry into the affair. The Vatican said Wednesday that the inquiry found that Tebartz-van Elst could no longer exercise his ministry and that Francis had accepted his resignation, which was originally offered Oct. 20. A replacement, Monsignor Manfred Grothe, currently an auxiliary bishop in Paderborn, will take over, the Vatican said, citing a statement from the diocese. It said Tebartz-van Elst would get a new job “at the opportune time. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, FILES)