Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom finally got round to visit Italy, her first foreign visit since 2011. The trip had been planned for 2013 but was subsequently cancelled. Her visit in Rome enabled her to stop over for a chat with Pope Francis whom she hadn't met before.
Pope Francis announced a first decision in the scandal surrounding the controversial Bishop of Limburg Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst: The German bishop will remain in office for the time being but may no longer exercise his office. Is this the end to a much-discussed church scandal? It should be the start of some soul searching for a very rich church pledged to help the poor and the needy.
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