German Catholic publishers saved

Back from the brink

The German Church's Weltbild publishing house, suspended two years ago for selling pornographic books, said it had staved off insolvency by obtaining a new $70 million investment from Catholic dioceses.

- The Tablet

Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) said the money had been put up by 12 share-holding dioceses, as well as the Church's Berlin-based military chaplaincy and Association of German Dioceses.

The daily added that the investment would enable the Augsburg-based company to close a 'liquidity gap' in time for the Christmas season and return to profitability after further restructuring by 2015.

Employing 6,800 staff, Weltbild was exposed in 2011 for selling pornographic books alongside its religious titles. Its chairman, Carel Halff, later apologised for 'mistakes and oversights' by the firm, Germany's third largest book retailer.

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