The Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Fra’ Matthew Festing, received today in audience in the Magistral Palace for the presentation of their Letters of Credence, the new Ambassadors of:
- Cuba, H.E.Rodney Alejandro LÓPEZ CLEMENTE
- Chile, H.E. Mónica JIMÉNEZ DE LA JARA
Last Monday, 20 October, the Foreign Minister of the Republic of China (Taiwan), David Yung-Lo Lin, visiting Rome for the beatification of Paul VI, was received in the Magistral Palace by the Sovereign Order of Malta’s Receiver of the Common Treasure, János Esterhazy de Galantha.
During the talks the humanitarian commitment of the two governments in Africa, South America and Asia was discussed as well as a joint venture in the healthcare sector.
It was 1998 when the Ordre de Malte France launched an innovative project: to transform a barge into a reception centre for those living on the streets. 15 years later, from its anchorage in Paris on the banks of the Seine, ‘Le Fleuron Saint Jean’ continues its mission of sheltering and providing psychological support to the homeless as well as fostering their reintegration in society.
Open 365 days a year, the barge accommodates 50 men coming from very precarious living conditions and supports them in their reintegration in society and in the labour world. The time spent on board enables passengers to recover their strength, both physically and psychologically, and helps them to map out a life project.
The Order of Malta’s conference held in Hong Kong from 17 to 19 October was the first to be held in Chinese territory, a sign of the growing importance and growth of the Order’s National Associations, Embassies and organizations in south-east Asia and in Oceania.
After the conferences in Singapore, Manila and Sydney, Hong Kong was the Order of Malta’s fourth regional Asia-Pacific meeting. Albrecht Boeselager, Grand Chancellor and Dominique de La Rochefaucauld-Montbel, Grand Hospitaller participated in the event with the heads of the Australian, Philippine and Singapore Associations and representatives of the Order of Malta’s units in Hong Kong, Thailand, Cambodia and East Timor.