The Holy See Press Office has released a statement concerning the resignation of Fra' Matthew Festing from the office of Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta:
"Yesterday, 24 January 2017, in audience with the Holy Father, His
Highness Fra’ Matthew Festing resigned from the office of Grand Master
of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.
"Today, 25 January, the Holy Father accepted his resignation,
expressing appreciation and gratitude to Fra’ Festing for his loyalty
and devotion to the Successor of Peter, and his willingness to serve
humbly the good of the Order and the Church.
"The governance of the Order will be undertaken ad interim by the
Grand Commander pending the appointment of the Papal Delegate."