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  • Pope encourages Knights of Malta to continue path of renewal

    Pope encourages Knights of Malta to continue path of renewal

    By “putting aside personal interests and dangerous ambitions,” members, volunteers and benefactors of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta can better dedicate themselves to the “noble and proven mission” of defending the faith and serving the poor, Pope Francis wrote in a January 27 letter.

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  • Pope’s takeover of Knights of Malta brings chance for needed reform

    Pope’s takeover of Knights of Malta brings chance for needed reform

    Far from being an autocratic intervention in the affairs of a ‘sovereign’ state, the pope’s decision to appoint a delegate to govern the Order of Malta following the resignation of its Grand Master reflects his duty of care to a Catholic organization in need of serious reform. Despite attempts to portray Francis as an autocrat, he’s doing no more than what popes have always done for Catholic groups in similar circumstances.

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  • Knights of Malta insist on sovereignty amid papal takeover

    Knights of Malta insist on sovereignty amid papal takeover

    The Knights of Malta is still insisting on its sovereignty in its showdown with the Vatican, even after Pope Francis effectively took control of the ancient religious order and announced a papal delegate would govern it. The Knights’s Sovereign Council meets today to consider whether to accept or reject the resignation of the order’s Grand Master, a move requested by Francis.

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