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Spendthrift Bishop Ordered To Turn Home Into Center For Needy

LIMBURG, Germany, Oct. 28 (UPI) — A German Catholic bishop accused of spending $42 million renovating his home has been ordered to use the mansion to service the needy, officials said.

Bishop Franz Peter Tebartz-van Elst, who was formally suspended from his post last week amid a probe into his spending habits, was told Sunday to turn his residence in Limburg into a refugee center or a soup kitchen for the homeless, the British newspaper The Independent reported.

“The residence is like an inherited sin which the bishop has left in his wake,” said a spokesman for the Caritas organization for the homeless. “People who seek sanctuary with us could be given food in the residence.”

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