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The former leader of the Knights of Malta speaks out for the first time since the Pope asked for his resignation

Fra’ Matthew Festing said if the Order of Malta wanted him to return, he would have to consider it

The former leader of the Knights of Malta speaks out for the first time since the Pope asked for his resignation

The grand hospitaller of the order said donors ‘decided maybe not to help us any more’

The order has accepted Fra’ Matthew Festing’s resignation

The curia remains a place where cliques have more authority than the law. It doesn’t bode well

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

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

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