Albrecht von Boeselager, recently reinstated as the Knights' grand chancellor, said order officials had invoked "the wish of the Holy Father" when they asked him to resign.
In accordance with the pope's wishes, the governing council of the order accepted the resignation Jan. 28 of Fra Matthew Festing as grand master and appointed Fra Ludwig Hoffmann von Rumerstein to temporarily lead the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.
Arnold Schwarzenegger greeted Pope Francis with his girlfriend after the Jan. 25 general audience in which the pontiff said that the counsel of courageous women like the biblical heroine Judith contain "the wisdom of God" and should never be "dismissed as ignorant."
Rome: Showdown between Vatican and Knights of Malta ends with resignation of order's leader, and appointment of a papal delegate.
Spanish Msgr. Fernando Ocariz is the new prelate of Opus Dei after serving as the personal prelature's auxiliary vicar.
Pope Francis says the Catholic Church must be a support system for engaged couples as they prepare for the lifelong sacrament of marriage.
Vatican City: Pope Francis has told an interviewer that it would be "reckless" to pass judgment on the new president before he had a chance to do anything.
Vatican reform: The city-state began prosecuting people accused of financial crimes for the first time in 2016, René Brülhart revealed to NCR in an interview.
Pope Francis meets with Irish bishops Jan. 20: Telling the bishops of Ireland that he wanted to hear their questions, concerns and even criticisms, Pope Francis spent almost two hours in conversation with them. In the continuing evolution of the "ad limina" visits bishops are required to make to the Vatican, Pope Francis met Jan. 20 with 26 Irish bishops and set aside a practice that began with Pope Benedict XVI: writing a speech to the group, but handing the text to them instead of reading it.
NCR Today: Pope Francis has sent a formal message of congratulations to new U.S. President Donald Trump, in an unusually timely statement from the Vatican.