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In this Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 photo, Grand Master Matthew Festing poses for a picture at the end of an interview with The Associated Press at the Magistral Palace of the Order of Malta in Rome's Via Condotti. It’s an ancient Roman Catholic religious order that boasts diplomatic relations with 100-plus countries, an aid group that runs hospitals, ambulance services and old folks' homes on six continents, and a nominally sovereign entity that issues its own stamps, coins, license plates and passports, yet has no state to call home.  The Sovereign Military Order of Malta is all those things, and this week marks its 900th anniversary as a Vatican-recognized religious order dedicated to caring for the poor, sick and destitute around the globe. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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