“Religions Together for Humanitarian Action”


Experts, academics and religious leaders will gather in Geneva at the United Nations Headquarters on 27th May for a one day long debate

In the framework of its participation in the World Humanitarian Summit next year in Istanbul, the Sovereign Order of Malta is organising the Symposium “Religions together for humanitarian action”. Policy makers, religious leaders and academics will gather together in the UN Geneva Headquarters on May 27th to tackle sensitive issues related to the 2016 summit – an initiative of UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon – these including the contribution of faith based organisations in war theatres and the role of religions in promoting reconciliation and resilience building.


The Grand Master’s Official Visit to the Philippines


The Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta Fra’ Matthew Festing has left Rome for an official visit to the Philippines where he will be received by the President of the Republic Benigno Aquino III and by a delegation of the Manila government. His visit falls on the 50° anniversary of the opening of diplomatic relations between the south-east Asian country and the Sovereign Order of Malta.


1,300 arrive in Rome for the mass and initiation of the cause of beatification of Fra’ Andrew Bertie


The Grand Master sends a message to the Holy Father to renew the Order of Malta’s adherence to the papal magisterium

Some 1,300 came to Rome from all over the world to participate this morning in the mass and opening of the diocesan inquiry on the Cause of Beatification and Canonisation of the Servant of God Fra’ Andrew Bertie. A very significant event for the Order of Malta, as it is the first time in its millenary history that a Grand Master has been proposed for sainthood.


The Cause for the Beatification of Fra’ Andrew Bertie will open on 20 February in Rome


For the first time in the modern era canonization has been proposed for a Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta

The opening session of the diocesan inquiry into the Cause of the Beatification and Canonization of the Servant of God Fra’ Andrew Bertie, 78th Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, will take place on 20 February at 11.30 in the Rome Vicariate at St. John Lateran. Cardinal Agostino Vallini, Vicar General of his Holiness for the Diocese of Rome, will preside over the solemn act.

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The Order of Malta’s doctors and psychologists tackle the new drama in the Strait of Sicily


The latest figures speak of over 300 dead. The Pope’s appeal

“Say what you like, but when you’re on a patrol boat in a force-8 sea and you go to rescue a small, half-deflated and sinking dinghy over 100 miles out, it’s more likely that you won’t find anyone than you’ll be saving lives,” says Mauro Casinghini, National Director of the Order of Malta’s Italian Relief Corps, the day after the new tragedy off Lampedusa, in which over 300 immigrants died. A figure which is rising by the hour as the survivors testify to four dinghies departing from Tripoli with 460 refugees on board, including women and children, mostly coming from Mali, the Ivory Coast, Senegal and Niger.


The Sovereign Order of Malta New Associate State at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean


The 9th Plenary Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean, hosted by the Principality of Monaco between 2 and 4 February last, officialised the Sovereign Order of Malta’s membership with the status of Associate State.
“Parliamentary diplomacy meets humanitarian diplomacy to continue efforts to assist civilians in emergency and conflict zones,” stated the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean, senator Francesco Amoruso.

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Over 80,000 meals distributed in 2014 by the Order of Malta’s Relief Organisation in Lithuania


Increase in services offered and people in need reached

The Order of Malta’s Relief Organisation in Lithuania (MOPT) ended 2014 on a high note. Volunteers’ efforts to help those in need increased significantly in terms of services offered and people reached. The organisation has been handing out hot meals since 1993 and now covers a total of 16 municipalities with the two new towns added last year. In 2014 volunteers distributed some 80,500 hot meals to 450 people. The number of people reached over the year has also grown along with the service, which now also provides food packs and food vouchers that can be spent in the shops.


Cardinal Nycz, Archbishop of Warsaw, Bailiff of the Order of Malta


The ceremony for conferring the Order of Malta’s Bailiff Grand Cross of Honour and Devotion on the Metropolitan Cardinal of Warsaw, Kazimierz Nycz, took place yesterday in the Magistral Palace. Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing and the Cardinalis Patronus of the Order of Malta, Raymond Leo Burke, received the cardinal.




The Military Corps-Auxiliary of the Italian Army of the Order of Malta’s Italian Association celebrated its 138th anniversary in Rome. On 31 January last, the swearing-in ceremony of the Military Corps’ new volunteer recruits took place in the parade ground of the Artale Barracks in the presence of Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing. The Grand Master was received by Narciso Salvo di Pietraganzili, Magistral Deputy Commissioner of the Order of Malta’s Italian Association and by Colonel Mario Fine, Commander of the Military Corps. The army band rendered him military honours.

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The Order of Malta’s Projects Underway in Cuba


Wide-ranging commitment from soup kitchens to medical missions

2014 has been a very demanding year for the Order of Malta’s Cuban Association engaged in numerous social-health projects. The association supports four dispensaries and a centre for children with Down syndrome through an assistance network spread all over the Caribbean island.
As always, particular attention has been paid to the poor. Last year the Association distributed some 800,000 hot meals in over 60 soup kitchens. In six provinces, the Comedores Populares (soup kitchens) are open six days a week thanks to the dedication of a group of volunteers.