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Order of Malta meets to elect a new Grand Master

This place in Rome, on the Aventine Hill, will be the location of Saturday's delicate vote to elect a new Grand Master of the Order of Malta. There are only twelve candidates, and they are the knights who made their solemn vows at least ten years ago. ; The new Grand Master's main mission will be to return serenity to the Order after last December's crisis. ; The crisis included Pope Francis asking Grand Master Matthew Festing to resign, because he expelled a high ranking official claiming the support of the pope. ; Their situation is still turbulent, and they will likely elect a Lieutenant who will take care of the Order for a year. Then, when the situation has calmed down, they will be able to choose a new superior with more serenity. JMB RR F -PR UP: JC