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German 'Bling Bishop' suspended

Updated 2046 GMT (0446 HKT) October 23, 2013
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German Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst speaks at Limburg Cathedral in Limburg, Germany, in August 2012. Coined the "Bling Bishop," Tebartz-van Elst has been suspended from his position while he is under investigation for spending $42 million on renovations to his residence. Thomas Lohnes/AP
Tebartz-van Elst speaks in the chapel of the Old Vicariate in Limburg in December 2012. BORIS ROESSLER/EPA/LANDOV
People walk past Tebartz-van Elst's residence on October 17. Frank Augstein/AP
Tebartz-van Elst sits during a pontifical Mass at Sankt Angela-School in Limburg on September 15. FREDRIK VON ERICHSEN/DPA/LANDOv
Tebartz-van Elst walks with clergy at the German Bishops' Conference in Fulda, Germany, on September 26. Michael Gottschalk/Photothek via Getty Images
Tebartz-van Elst leaves the Paul VI Hall in Vatican City in October 2012. Franco Origlia/Getty Images
Tebartz-van-Elst in the inner courtyard of his residence in December 2012. BORIS ROESSLER/AFP/Getty Images
Protesters pray and sing in front of the new residence of the bishop to protest against him on October 13. Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images
A paper addressed to Tebartz-van Elst and referring to German theologian Martin Luther is posted at his chapel on October 13. FREDRIK VON ERICHSEN/AFP/Getty Images
Tebartz-van Elst in his private chapel on December 12, 2012 BORIS ROESSLER/DPA/AFP/Getty Images
An aerial view shows the newly constructed seat of Tebartz-van Elst on October 9. THOMAS FREY/DPA/AFP/Getty Images