The Sovereign Order of Malta in Geneva: committed to promoting human dignity and religious freedom


Interview with Ambassador Marie-Thérèse Pictet-Althann

With over 2,500 conferences organised each year, Geneva, the humanitarian capital of the world, is a centre of multilateral diplomacy. 172 Permanent Missions, 30 international organisations and some 250 NGOs make up ‘international Geneva’ with a workforce of 28,000 diplomats and civil servants. The Sovereign Order of Malta has Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations and its specialised agencies. Its scope is to develop relations with international and intergovernmental humanitarian organisations and to inform them about the activities of the Order of Malta, by contributing to the discussions on all aspects related to the protection of human dignity. Head of the diplomatic mission since 2005, in this interview Ambassador Marie-Thérèse Pictet-Althann, explains her role and how the Mission has changed over the years.


The Grand Chancellor interviewed by the Catholic Herald: “Reviving the guiding principles of humanitarian conduct has become an imperative”


In an interview with British newspaper the Catholic Herald, the Grand Chancellor illustrates the work of the Order of Malta in the violence-ridden Middle East theatre and offers an overview of the current international scenario, underlying the undergoing major geopolitical changes. The Grand Chancellor also calls for the implementation of the human rights treaties stressing how all sides must respect the fundamental humanitarian laws.


Credentials presented by Cuba and Chile


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


Visit of the Foreign Minister of the Republic of China (Taiwan): developing cooperation in the healthcare sector


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 the development of a joint cooperation in the healthcare sector.


For 15 years “Le Fleuron Saint Jean” on the Seine has been giving new hope to the homeless


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 development of the Order of Malta’s actions in the Fourth Asia-Pacific Conference


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.




Yesterday, on 14 October, the Foreign Minister of the Principality of Liechtenstein, Aurelia Frick, visited the Magistral Palace. The minister was received by the Grand Chancellor Albrecht Boeselager and by the Grand Hospitaller Dominique de La Rochefaucauld-Montbel.
During the talks, carried out in a climate of great cordiality, the Order of Malta’s activities in the Asian continent and its commitment in the great humanitarian emergencies in the Middle East, Syria and Iraq were discussed.


Credentials presented by Moldova and Venezuela


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:

- Moldova, H.E. Stela STINGACI
- Venezuela, H.E. Germán MUNDARAÍN HERNÁNDEZ




Exactly ten years after the first conference in the region, on 4 October last in Prague the Order of Malta’s bodies and diplomatic missions operating in central and eastern Europe met in the Grand Priory of Bohemia. There were eighteen countries present as well as the Order of Malta’s ambassadors in the region, testifying to the ever-growing synergy and cooperation between humanitarian and diplomatic activities.


Cooperation in the Middle East was discussed during the meeting between the Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Grand Chancellor


An agreement to provide medical aid to the Palestinian population was signed

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Lubomir Zaoralek, received today in the Czernin Palace, seat of the Foreign Ministry in Prague, the Grand Chancellor of the Sovereign Order of Malta Albrecht Boeselager, accompanied by the Grand Hospitaller, Dominique de La Rochefoucauld-Montbel. During the meeting the current tragic humanitarian emergencies taking place were discussed, in particular those in the Middle East. The Minister and the Grand Chancellor expressed deep concern regarding the ongoing war in Syria and Iraq with its catastrophic effects on the surrounding countries, Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan.