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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 delivers his first Angelus address of 2017 (AP)

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Fra' Matthew Festing with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin in June (AP)

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Fra' Andrew Bertie with Pope Benedict XVI (Photo: CNS)

Fra’ Andrew Bertie would be first Blessed with a black belt in judo

Benedict XVI and Archbishop Gänswein at this morning's general audience (AP)

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Former Fox News correspondent Greg Burke (Photo: Chris Warde-Jones)

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