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Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin (CNS)

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Pope Francis exchanges gifts with Fra' Matthew Festing, the 79th prince and grand master of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, during a private audience at the Vatican (CNS photo/Claudio Peri, pool via Reuters)

Albrecht von Boeselager has filed an appeal against his suspension with an internal tribunal

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 with the Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Fra' Matthew Festing, during a private audience in 2014 (PA)

Fra’ Matthew Festing said the Order would follow the Pope at this ‘complex and difficult time’

Hundreds of Burmese fishermen were rescued from an isolated island in 2015 (AP)

Cardinal Pietro Parolin recommended coordinated international efforts to end exploitation in the fishing industry

Copies of a new collection of homilies and speeches Pope Francis gave as archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, are distributed to journalists ahead of a conference at Jesuit headquarters in Rome on Wednesday. (CNS/Robert Duncan)

In his notes for the book Pope Francis said even in St Peter’s Square he tries ‘to look at a precise face’ rather than just a crowd

Pope Francis prays during a visit to the Lutheran church in Rome in 2015 (AP)

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The Vatican Secretary of State arrives for the Mass in Cartagena (AP)

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Pope Francis greets the crowd after celebrating the canonisation Mass of St Teresa of Kolkata (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

Medical experts will no longer be paid in cash and a two-thirds majority will be required to approve miracles