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Papal delegate orders former Knights of Malta leader not to attend successor's election


The special delegate appointed to be Pope Francis' spokesman to the Knights of Malta has reportedly ordered the group's former leader not to participate in the election of his successor, which will be held in Rome at the end of the month.

Archbishop Angelo Becciu, who was appointed to his role in February following weeks of tension between the Vatican and the historic chivalric order, told former Grand Master Matthew Festing that his presence would "reopen wounds ... and would prevent the event from taking place in an atmosphere of peace."

A colorful expression of Good Friday faith rooted in Guatemala



On Good Friday, a stretch of driveway at St. Camillus Parish in Silver Spring, Md., is transformed into an elaborate and colorful expression of faith that has roots in Guatemala’s western highlands.

The intricate designs of the alfombra, Spanish for ‘carpet,’ are the work of the Guatemalan community in this richly diverse parish. The group begins planning and designing in early January. The final product, a long stretch of panels depicting sacred images and made primarily of colored sawdust and white sand, is a community venture.


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June 16-29, 2017