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19 January 2017 | by Christopher Lamb
Inside the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace hangs an icon of the Virgin Mary holding a finger to her lips. Titled Our Lady of Silence it was placed there on the instructions of Pope Francis.

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12 January 2017 | by Christopher Lamb
Rome is frozen. Walk past the fountains in Piazza della Repubblica or Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s Fontana del Tritone and you will see that lines of ice now fill the channels where water normally flows, giving the statues a dramatic, stuck-in-time effect.

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04 January 2017 | by Christopher Lamb
The messy civil war engulfing the Knights of Malta could have a positive side effect for Pope Francis. It might spell the end for his most prominent critic.

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15 December 2016 | by Christopher Lamb
You will get a memorable view of the Eternal City if you peer through a keyhole in the entrance to a villa on the Avventine Hill owned by the crusader-era Knights of Malta, the oldest and most illustrious “military hospitaller” order. But anyone taking a look inside the order today will find a less pretty sight. A blazing internal row is taking place after one of the top Knights, Grand Chancellor Albrecht Boeselager, was forced out amid claims that he was a “liberal Catholic.”

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08 December 2016 | by Christopher Lamb

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01 December 2016 | by Christopher Lamb
Four hundred years ago the Vatican condemned Galileo for his endorsement of the Copernican thesis that the earth revolved around the sun rather than the other way round. It was a stellar misjudgement and, ever since, the general perception has been that the Church is anti-science.

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24 November 2016 | by Christopher Lamb
The Pope’s habit of speaking off the cuff has long worried Vatican officials, but now they seem to have found a new way of dealing with it: they simply cut him off.

JESUITS: 36TH GENERAL CONGREGATION
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