Latest interventions of the Order of Malta in the World
Ratified in 1979 by the United Nations, the International Roma Day is celebrated on 8 April. Numbering between 10 and 12 million people, the Roma are one of Europe’s largest minorities and are often deprived of citizenship. The Sovereign Order of Malta operates in Albania, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia in favour of the Roma minority, mainly facilitating their integration into civil society with a particular emphasis on minors.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf received this morning by Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing
The President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, was received this morning by the Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Fra’ Matthew Festing at the Magistral Palace.
In her speech, the Liberian President, winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2001, thanked the Sovereign Order of Malta for its much valued medical and social care support for her west African country.
In April 1994, members of the Hutu majority in Rwanda organised and implemented the mass slaughter of the Tutsi minority. In just 100 days over 800,000 Tutsi were slaughtered, 10,000 were killed each day, 7 every minute. The genocide was sparked by the death of the Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana, a Hutu, when his plane was shot down above Kigali airport on 6 April 1994. “Today we commemorate the victims of Africa’s largest genocide in modern history and pay tribute to those who survived and still bear the consequences both physical and psychological of such atrocity” says Albrecht Boeselager, Grand Hospitaller of the Sovereign Order of Malta.
The Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Fra’ Matthew Festing, visited the first-aid post in St. Peter’s Square, situated a few metres from the entrance to the basilica, where the Order of Malta’s volunteers offer daily medical assistance to pilgrims all year round.