Syrian refugees in Turkey: the Order of Malta provides medical assistance, food relief and emergency schooling
“The Order of Malta and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) work closely to aid victims of humanitarian emergencies,” said the Order’s Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva. Addressing the annual IOM Council meeting last month, Ambassador Marie-Therese Pictet-Althann described where the Order of Malta and IOM have been of mutual assistance in regions of conflict or catastrophe, taking three regions as examples of on the ground action.
In a letter sent this week to all members and volunteers of the Sovereign Order of Malta, the Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing has made an appeal to help those populations in desperate and urgent need of aid and assistance. “We live in troublesome times. From many parts of the world we receive almost daily perturbing news. The situation in the Middle East is especially of great concern to us. Thousands of Christians and other religious minorities are persecuted and have had to leave their homes”, the Grand Master writes.
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:
– Georgia, H.E. Tamar GRDZELIDZE
– Costa Rica, H.E. Marco Vinicio VARGAS PEREIRA
His Eminence Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke today celebrated his first Mass for the Order of Malta in the Order’s San Giovanni Hospital, Rome. He was greeted warmly by the Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing, together with members of the Sovereign Council, the Grand Prior of Rome Fra’ Giacomo della Torre and members of the Grand Priory, who gathered with hospital patients and staff to welcome the cardinal to celebrate his first Mass for the Order.