Vatican drops lawsuit against German magazine

The German Bishops' Conference says the Vatican has dropped its lawsuit against a satirical German magazine over a cover that depicted Pope Benedict XVI with a yellow stain on his robe.

A Hamburg court had granted an injunction barring the magazine, Titanic, from distributing the image that fronted its July edition, headlined "Hallelujah at the Vatican — the leak has been found!" That was a reference to a scandal over leaked Vatican documents.

A hearing on Titanic's appeal was due Friday. But on Thursday, a statement issued through the bishops said "after detailed deliberations" the Vatican had decided to withdraw its application for an injunction.

The statement said "further legal measures are being examined to effectively counter attacks on the dignity of the pope and the Catholic Church."