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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

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

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 Müller with the Pope (AP)

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

A man prays during a Jubilee Mass for the homeless celebrated by Pope Francis in St Peter's Basilica in November (CNS)

Thermal sleeping bags were distributed to some rough sleepers

Pope Francis greets young people during his weekly audience  in Paul VI hall at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Tony Gentile, Reuters)

Francis says that Rachel, in the book of Jeremiah, represents every mother throughout history who cries over ‘irreparable loss’

Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior of the Society of St Pius X (CNS)

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