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Cardinal Raymond, Patron of the Order of Malta, blesses members of the Order (CNS)

Unless the Pope formally abrogates the Order’s rights, no Vatican department can investigate the Order – and certainly not the Secretariat of State

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin with the Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Fra' Matthew Festing, in June (PA)

The Order of Malta, like the Vatican, is a sovereign body. For one to investigate the other is simply incoherent

Pope Francis (CNS)

The furore caused by Misericordia et Misera is a damning indictment of those surrounding the Pope

A Minnesota voter exits the polling booth on November 8 (AP)

Many of us voted through gritted teeth. We need to invest our time and effort on building an alternative

A group of Trump supporters (AP)

The failure of both political parties presents Church leaders with a unique opportunity to speak for the concerns of Americans

A controversial figure: Archbishop Piero Marini in the Sistine Chapel (AP)

Some of the new names will raise eyebrows, but this isn’t the coup some believe it to be

Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches, speaks with displaced Iraqis in Irbil last year (CNS)

Large communities of Eastern Catholics have left their homes. This motu proprio will help preserve their culture

Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson, will lead the new department (CNS photo/Tom Tracy)

The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development has easily the most political portfolio in the curia

Flowers and a message are placed at the home of Fr Jacques Hamel (AP)

The Church today is living in a time of saints, and of martyrs, and I suspect we shall see rather more of both in the coming weeks and years

Pigeons fly past the dome of India's Supreme Court building in New Delhi (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

India’s Supreme Court has made technical bigamists of Catholics who have remarried after an annulment. But it has not acted unreasonably