It added that the pope hoped that the faithful of Limburg would accept the decision with "docility and willingness to rediscover a climate of charity and reconciliation."
In Berlin, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the head of the German Bishops' Conference, told reporters he would do whatever he could to help the Limburg dioceses move on.
"For that we will need reconciliation, new trust and the power of prayer," he said.
Francis has called on his priests and bishops to be models of sobriety in a church that "is poor and is for the poor."
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