Pope replaces Cardinal Burke with Italian Jesuit as Order of Malta patron

Pope Francis has appointed an Italian Jesuit cardinal to succeed U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke as patron of the Order of Malta. Cardinal Gianfranco Ghirlanda will take on the role as the “Cardinalis Patronus,” the papal representative to the sovereign order responsible for promoting the spiritual interests of the order and its 13,500 members.
 

 

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