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Pope's Twitter account attracts 10 million followers

Pope Francis welcomed news on Sunday that his Twitter account @pontifex had attracted more than 10 million followers. "Dear Followers I understand there are now over 10 million of you! I thank you with all my heart and ask you to continue praying for me," the pontiff tweeted early Sunday. Francis's predecessor Pope Benedict XVI had opened the account on December 12, and interest in tweets from the pontiff surged after the Argentine pope was elected in March.

U.S. bishop may have exposed Catholics to hepatitis during Communion

By Kevin Murphy (Reuters) - Catholics in North Dakota were warned to watch for symptoms of hepatitis A after a bishop with the disease served Communion at four churches, putting worshipers at risk, state officials said. Bishop John Folda of the Catholic Diocese of Fargo got hepatitis from contaminated food while in Italy last month for a conference of newly ordained bishops, Aliceyn Magelky, spokeswoman for the diocese, said on Friday.

Vatican suspends Germany's 'bling bishop'

The Vatican on Wednesday suspended indefinitely a German Catholic cleric dubbed the "bling bishop" for his luxury lifestyle, despite multiple calls in Germany for the prelate to be dismissed. "The Holy See deems it appropriate to authorise a period of leave from the diocese for Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst," the Vatican said in a statement. "The Holy Father has been continuously and objectively informed of the situation," it said. "A situation has been created in which the bishop can no longer exercise his episcopal duties."

Relief, scorn in Germany over time-out for 'bling bishop'

German Catholics, clergy and the media reacted with a mix of relief, reform calls and ridicule to the Vatican's suspension of the big-spending "bling bishop", Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst. Pope Francis ordered a time-out for the bishop over his luxury lifestyle and multi-million-euro house renovations, despite multiple calls in Germany for the prelate to be dismissed.

Vatican suspends Germany's 'bling bishop'

The Vatican on Wednesday suspended indefinitely a German Catholic cleric dubbed the "bling bishop" for his luxury lifestyle, despite multiple calls in Germany for the prelate to be dismissed. "The Holy See deems it appropriate to authorise a period of leave from the diocese for Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst," the Vatican said in a statement. "The Holy Father has been continuously and objectively informed of the situation," it said. "A situation has been created in which the bishop can no longer exercise his episcopal duties."

Vatican suspends Germany's 'bling bishop'

The Vatican on Wednesday suspended indefinitely a German Catholic cleric dubbed the "bling bishop" for his luxury lifestyle, despite multiple calls in Germany for the prelate to be dismissed. "The Holy See deems it appropriate to authorise a period of leave from the diocese for Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst," the Vatican said in a statement. "The Holy Father has been continuously and objectively informed of the situation," it said. "A situation has been created in which the bishop can no longer exercise his episcopal duties."

Vatican suspends Germany's 'bling bishop'

The Vatican on Wednesday suspended a scandal-tainted German Catholic cleric dubbed the "bling bishop" for his luxury lifestyle, despite multiple calls for the prelate to be dismissed. "The Holy See deems it appropriate to authorise a period of leave from the diocese for Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst," the Vatican said in a statement. "The Holy Father has been continuously and objectively informed of the situation," it said. "A situation has been created in which the bishop can no longer exercise his episcopal duties."

Vatican suspends Germany's 'bling bishop'

The Vatican on Wednesday suspended a high-roller German Catholic bishop -- dubbed the "bling bishop" -- despite multiple calls for the prelate to be dismissed. "The Holy See deems it appropriate to authorise a period of leave from the diocese for Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst," the Vatican said in a statement. dt/jhb

Column: Grand-dad, what's a rate hike?

By James Saft (Reuters) - Like corded telephones, it is looking like our grandchildren will someday need to have the concept of rate hikes explained to them. Seriously, someone needs to put a Federal Reserve statement with an interest rate hike into a time capsule so future civilizations can know that once upon a time monetary policy could become something known as 'tighter'. And as for the taper, which only recently we were expecting, that too may take quite a while.

Finance scandal spurs German bishops to reveal secret funds

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor PARIS (Reuters) - German Catholic bishops are scrapping centuries of secrecy and reporting the value of their private endowments as a scandal caused by a free-spending prelate puts pressure on them for more financial transparency.
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