Twenty Years of Diplomatic Relations: the Grand Master Receives the Vice President of Bulgaria


On the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of diplomatic relations between Bulgaria and the Sovereign Order of Malta – established on 11 November 1994 – Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing received the Vice President of Bulgaria Margarita Popova today in the Magistral Palace.
“I was very impressed by the work the Order of Malta is carrying out in full respect of the Christian faith and human rights,” said the Vice President of Bulgaria. “The initiatives of the Order of Malta’s embassy in Sofia, and in numerous cities in our country, have been fundamental in giving aid to the poor, to the sick and to children,” she added.


Pope Francis appoints Raymond Leo Burke Cardinalis Patronus of the Sovereign Order of Malta


Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke has been appointed today Cardinalis Patronus of the Sovereign Order of Malta by His Holiness Pope Francis. Previously Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, he succeeds Cardinal Paolo Sardi, who was appointed Patron of the Sovereign Order of Malta in 2009 by Pope Benedict XVI.
“I extend a warm welcome to Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, who is from today the new Cardinalis Patronus of the Order of Malta, and I sincerely thank Pope Francis for his appointment,” the Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Fra’ Matthew Festing, announced.


The Grand Master’s visit to Beirut fosters new hope for the Lebanese Association


On 28th October the Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Fra’ Matthew Festing, returned to Lebanon, five years after his official visit in 2009. The visit took place at a challenging time for the country as it deals with the social, humanitarian and economic repercussions of the war taking place just a few kilometres away. The Grand Master encouraged the Lebanese Association to continue in its work to reduce suffering in the country and bring aid to those in need.


Iraq: Mobile clinic doctors flee persecution, treat the displaced


Dr. Nagham H., 44 , and Dr. Sinan M., 41, fled together with their families from the city of Bakhdida (also known as Karakosh) on September 6th, following its occupation by so-called Islamic State (ISIS). They sought refuge in Erbil and now live together with other refugees and displaced families. As doctors, Nagham and Sinan felt compelled to help those who fled with them. They now work in the mobile clinic run by Malteser International and its local partner TCCF to bring health care to the displaced throughout the region.


Ebola: “We must join forces and act together – the time is now!”


Interview with Dr. Marie Benner, Malteser International expert in Public Health.

So far, the current Ebola outbreak has caused 5,000 deaths, and the number of new infections continues to rise. What makes this virus so difficult to stop? 
So far, there is no vaccine against the Ebola virus (at least none that is approved for mass distribution). All we can do is treat the symptoms. That’s why the epidemic is spreading at a rate no one imagined would be possible. Currently, half of all people who contract the virus die. However, if the current experimental vaccine trials are successful, the WHO reports that a first batch will be ready to ship to West Africa in January.

Latest interventions of the Order of Malta in the World

Third reception centre for the homeless opens in Belgium


After Brussels and Liège, another reception centre for the homeless is opening in Ghent, northern Belgium. This is the third ‘La Fontaine’ centre run by the Order of Malta’s Belgian Association. The first was created 18 years ago in the capital Brussels to support people living on the streets; the second was opened 3 years later in Liège.


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.