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Bujar Nishani and Fra’ Matthew Festing during the press conference in Tirana

The Grand Master’s meetings in Albania focus on strengthening cooperation

Tirana 21/01/2015

Received by Head of State Bujar Nishani, Fra’ Matthew Festing met the country’s leading authorities

It was 1994 when the Sovereign Order of Malta and Albania established bilateral diplomatic relations. The next year Malteser Albania, the Order’s volunteer corps, started working in the country. Fra’ Matthew Festing’s official visit to the Land of the Eagles was thus prompted by two twentieth anniversaries.

After the welcoming ceremony on the morning of 19 January, the President of the Republic of Albania Bujar Nishanied and Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing stayed for talks and later participated in a bilateral meeting extended to the respective delegations.

French Volunteers Raise Funds for World Leprosy Day

Rome 21/01/2015

In Vietnam the Order of Malta has been engaged in fighting the disease for 40 years

Ahead of the 62nd World Leprosy Day on 25 January next, the Ordre de Malte France’s volunteers are once again preparing to take to the streets of the country’s main towns to raise funds for the research and treatment of Hansen’s Disease. The spread of leprosy has been drastically reduced over the last decade and the World Health Organization recorded 215,656 new cases in 2013, of which 10 per cent involve children. But one of the most difficult obstacles is the reintegration into the community of people affected by the disease, often facing discrimination and exclusion even once they are completely cured.

Address of the Grand Master to the Diplomatic Corps

Rome 13/01/2015

The Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing received today the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Sovereign Order of Malta for the traditional audience of the beginning of the new year. The audience took place at the Magistral Villa in Rome. Here is the address of the Grand Master

Mr Doyen, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
The new year has started in the most dramatic and violent circumstances. The deadliest terrorist attack in postwar France, which caused the death of 17 people in Paris, represents a brutal aggression against our fundamental values, against freedom of expression and tolerance.

Five years since the Haiti earthquake

Rome 12/01/2015

The Order of Malta is still present on the island to provide healthcare and disaster preparedness training

On 12 January 2010 at 9.53 in the morning the island of Haiti was struck by a catastrophic earthquake. In one single minute the magnitude-7 quake destroyed houses, schools and roads leaving behind a trail of devastation and destitution. According to the United Nations, some three million persons were affected by the disaster that caused over 220,000 deaths. Five years later the country is still struggling with sanitation and public health problems.

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