Pope Francis has accepted the ‘resignation’ of the  Sovereign Order of Malta’s Grand Master, Englishman Matthew Festing (left), who had been involved in an internal row about the distribution of condoms.  File image: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis has struck a blow for “reform” within the Catholic Church by weighing in on the side of the progressives against the traditionalists in a(...)

Knights of Malta Fra’ Paul Caffrey during his solemn profession before The Prince and Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing at St Kevin’s Church in Dublin at the weekend. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A grandmaster and prince, an archbishop and scores of the faithful wearing heavy black robes and mantillas marched solemnly into St Kevin’s Church in (...)