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German bishop under fire for spending now in Rome

BERLIN (AP) — A German bishop under fire for lavish spending is in Rome for talks with Vatican officials

A spokesman for the diocese of Limburg, Martin Wind, told the German news agency dpa Sunday that Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst was meeting officials in Rome but gave no further details.

Tebartz-van Elst has been criticized over the construction of a new residence complex and related renovations that his diocese confirms cost around 31 million euros ($42 million). Tebartz-van Elst told the Bild newspaper that it was really 10 projects and there were additional costs because of regulations on buildings under historical protection.

Pope Francis himself has followed a modest lifestyle and encouraged other church leaders to do the same.

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