Fra’ Matthew Festing attends 20th anniversary celebration of Malteser Albania


Marking the 20th anniversary of the Order’s auxiliary organisation in Albania, Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing, accompanied by Albrecht Boeselager Grand Chancellor and Dominique de La Rochefoucault-Montbel Grand Hospitaller, visited the headquarters of Malteser Albania in Shkodër, northwestern Albania, and learned more of the many projects and activities the organisation has undertaken in these twenty years. He was received by the President of the Organisation Mons. Lucjan Avgustini, the Executive Director Maranaj Marku and the Organisation’s staff, volunteers and collaborators.


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


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


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


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


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.


Credentials presented by Mali


The Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing received today in audience in the Magistral Palace for the presentation of his Letters of Credence the new Ambassador of Mali accredited to the Sovereign Order of Malta, H.E. Cheick Mouctary DIARRA


Paris Attack: the Grand Master expresses his deepest condolences to the French President


In a letter addressed to French President, François Hollande, the Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta Fra’ Matthew Festing has expressed his deepest condolences for the terrorist attack on the staff and offices of the weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo on the 7th of January, where twelve people lost their lives and others were left wounded, and the subsequent attacks where a further 5 people were killed.

“In this tragic moment, I wish to express our sincere condolences, closeness and spiritual solidarity to the families of all the victims and to the people of France” the Grand Master writes.

Latest interventions of the Order of Malta in the World

A Hospital Ship brings healthcare to rural communities along the Rio Napo in Peru


Medical examinations, gynaecological and dental consultations as well as assistance for the elderly are just some of the services offered by the Order of Malta’s Peruvian Association on its Hospital Ship. In 2014 alone, some 50,000 procedures (mainly in the healthcare sector) were carried out on the ship sailing along the Rio Napo, that rises in Ecuador and flows into the Amazon after passing through Peru.