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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

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban at the Catholic University of America in Washington last year (CNS)

Virtually every priest who has worked in Africa knows that this is a serious pastoral issue

The Wedding of Mary and Joseph, by an unknown artist (Brooklyn Museum, public domain)

The Reformers understood that Mary’s status protects Christian beliefs about Jesus

The Chapel of St George and the English Martyrs at Westminster Cathedral (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Blessed Thomas Belson was only 23 when he wrote of his imprisonment. Three years later, he was dead

Cardinal Angelo Comastri, archpriest of St Peter's Basilica, and a recently restored wooden crucifix from the 14th century (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The Church’s history can be horrifically distressing – I’ve long warned my first-year theology students about it

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

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Cardinal Müller: pulls no punches (AP)

Cardinal Müller’s balancing act

The Vatican doctrinal chief may be a hard taskmaster, but he has an instinct for finding common ground. Can he heal the Church’s divisions?

Why not begin the New Year by living by sacred time? (AP)

‘I was marching to the beat of empty, secular time. I needed to find a new approach to life’

Guterres has ‘a reputation for getting into the thick of it’ (AP)

The improbable Secretary-General

He’s a practising Catholic who opposes abortion and gay marriage. How on earth has António Guterres been appointed head of the UN?