January 25, 2017, Wednesday — Knights of Malta and Freemasonry
The Plot Thickens
Yesterday, the Grand Master of the 13,000-strong Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta, Fra Matthew Festing, hurried across Rome from his order’s headquarters near the Spanish Steps, on the most luxurious shopping street in all of Rome, the via Condotti, toward Vatican City.
Pope Francis had summoned him to a meeting.
At about 5 in the afternoon, Festing entered the Vatican and proceeded to the Domus Santa Marta guest house, where the Pope lives.
There, the two men huddled for a private meeting.
At the end of the meeting, Pope Francis asked Festing to submit his resignation as the head of the Knights of Malta.
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