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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?

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

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

Knights say investigation is aimed at limiting order’s sovereignty

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

Pope Francis baptised 28 infants in the Sistine Chapel

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

Francis made the comments in a book reflecting on his pilgrimages as Pontiff

Cardinal Müller was responding to a request from four cardinals for the Pope to clarify a section of Amoris Laetitia

Thermal sleeping bags were distributed to some rough sleepers