A file photo of the ensemble of the bishop’s residence in Limburg  earlier this month. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

Pope Francis has suspended an embattled German bishop from his diocese, where he is under fire after spending €31 million on a new residence.After a 2(...)

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst’s residence and his private chapel (second right) in Limburg. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters.

Pope Francis took office in March urging the Catholic church to “be poor for the poor”. Now the Bishop of Rome’s new philosophy is to be tested in (...)

Pope Francis has indicated he could consider exceptions to a church law that bars remarried Catholics from the sacraments because Rome considers marriage to be inviolable. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

The Vatican warned bishops yesterday not to reform faster than Pope Francis, after a German diocese said that some divorced and remarried Catholics w(...)