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Pope Francis greets Cardinal Raymond Burke at the Vatican in 2014 (CNS)

Cardinal Burke confirmed that any correction of the Pope would first take place in private

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

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?

Pope Francis: 'We join in the pain of the victims and weep for this sin' (AP)

At his weekly general audience, Pope Francis warned against man-made idols that only provide fleeting comforts

Cardinals and bishops wait for the start of a consistory in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican last month (AP)

A ‘significant number’ of bishops’ conferences reportedly also expressed misgivings

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 makes his speech during an audience with the diplomatic corps (CNS photo/Alberto Pizzoli, pool)

At the start of a new year, Pope Francis formally addressed diplomats in the Vatican

Pope Francis baptises one of 28 babies in the Sistine Chapel (CNS)

Pope Francis baptised 28 infants in the Sistine Chapel

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