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Pope sends condolences and solidarity to Cairo after bus attack

May 26, 2017. Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, wrote a letter to His Excellency Abdel Fattah Al Sisi after the bus attack Friday in Cairo, which left close to 30 Coptic Christians dead, including children, and many others injured.
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Pope sends condolences to Manchester after attack

May 23, 2017. After the deadly terrorist attack at Victoria Station in Manchester, England, the pope has sent his condolences to the victims and their families.

Pope accepts resignation of German bishop who used $42 million renovating his home

2014-03-26

Pope Francis accepted the resignation of the German bishop who misused Church funds to renovate his home in the Diocese of Limburg. The Vatican says Msgr. Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst can no longer have a "fruitful exercise of his ministry.”

He spent around $42 million renovating the episcopal home and in building a new pastoral center. Initially, the diocese had only approved a budget of $6.8 million for the renovation. 

When the press made it public, the German Bishops' Conference appointed a Commission to study the case. Its president, Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, went to Rome in October to inform the Pope about the case. 

These past few months, the Vatican studied the  Commission’s report. According to an official statement published today, Franz-Peter Tebartz "will in due course be assigned a different role.”


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