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Grand Master Fra' Matthew Festing insists that the order remains loyal to the Pope (CNS)

The knights who won’t retreat

Vatican officials have mounted an extraordinary challenge to the ancient Order of Malta. But what is the row really about?

St John Paul II pictured during a visit to Paris in 1980 (CNS)

Melbourne’s John Paul II Institute is being shut down unexpectedly – the ramifications extend far beyond Australia

Find out what's really happening in the Catholic Church
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Plus Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith on godparents and Dan Hitchens on how the Church should respond to drug legalisation

Pro-lifers' freedom of speech was recently threatened at the University of Oxford (PA)

Pro-lifers at university have to stay vigilant