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Peculiar 900-year-old Order of the Knights of Malta celebrates anniversary with Vatican mass

Posted By Adan On February 10, 2013 @ 12:23 pm In World News | Comments Disabled

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February 10, 2013


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The Knights of Malta, one of the most peculiar organizations in the world, marked its 900th birthday Saturday with a colourful procession through St. Peter’s Square, a Mass in the basilica and an audience with Pope Benedict XVI, himself a member of the onetime chivalrous order drawn from Europe’s nobility.

The Knights are at once a Roman Catholic religious order, an aid group that runs soup kitchens, hospitals and ambulance services around the globe, and a sovereign entity that prints its own passports and enjoys diplomatic relations with 104 countries — yet has no country to call its own.

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