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Fra’ Matthew Festing at the Order of Malta's traditional new year audience (Order of Malta)

In a statement, the Holy See ‘reaffirmed its confidence’ in the commission appointed to investigate the order

Order of Malta leader Fra’ Matthew Festing talks to Pope Francis (AP)

Fra’ Matthew Festing defended his actions in a letter to the order’s membership

Pope Francis: 'These little brothers of ours ... are exposed to so many dangers' (AP)

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Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta (CNS)

The bishops say that avoiding sex may be ‘humanly impossible’

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?

John Edward Critien of the Knights of Malta is pictured at the order's headquarters in Rome in 2015 (CNS)

The order has denied the legality of the Vatican probe

Pope Francis exchanges gifts with Fra' Matthew Festing, prince and grand master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, during a private audience last year (CNS)

Knights say investigation is aimed at limiting order’s sovereignty

Pope Francis at Mass on January 1. What will 2017 bring? (CNS)

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Pope Francis observes the Nativity scene in 2013 (AP)

The boat ‘represents tradition’ as well as the reality of migrants crossing the Mediterranean

Vietnamese-born Bishop Long came to Australia in a refugee boat in 1981 (CNS)

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