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Assistance to Pilgrims Walking to Fatima

15/05/2015

The 39th assistance programme for pilgrims travelling to the Sanctuary of Fatima ended on 12 May last. This year, the Order of Malta’s Portuguese Association and its 200 volunteers helped 4,325 people over ten working days. First-aid posts were set up on the main roads to the Sanctuary starting from 200 kilometres north and south of Fatima. Healthcare, psychological and spiritual support, a meal and a tent to rest in were offered free of charge to the thousands of pilgrims who every year walk to Fatima for the celebrations on 13 May, the anniversary of the first appearance in 1917.

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The Grand Chancellor received by the Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni

08/05/2015

The Grand Chancellor of the Sovereign Order of Malta Albrecht Boeselager was received yesterday by the Italian Foreign Minister, Paolo Gentiloni.

During the talks the mutual satisfaction for the activities and initiatives developed together was stressed. Particular attention was paid to the programmes for rescuing and assisting migrants in the Mediterranean and to the presence of the Order of Malta’s medical teams – doctors, nurses and rescuers – on the Customs Police and Coastguards’ vessels.

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THE GRAND MASTER VISITS PORTUGAL

04/05/2015

The Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta went to northern Portugal on 28, 29 and 30 April. In Oporto, Fra’ Matthew Festing was received in the town hall by the city mayor, Rui Moreira. After the luncheon offered in his honour by the president of the Portuguese Association, Augusto de Albuquerque de Athayde, the Grand Master had talks with the Minister of Labour and Solidarity, Pedro Mota Soares and the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Luis Campos Ferreira.

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Quake in Nepal: Order of Malta’s rescue teams have reached Kathmandu

29/04/2015

After the terrible earthquake that struck the country on 25 April, with over 5000 people dead, the Order of Malta’s international relief organization – Malteser International – has sent more humanitarian aid workers to Nepal. Order of Malta teams of rescuers and health experts are currently working in Dhulikhel, the epicentre of the quake, and in Gorkha district, also badly damaged. A further Malteser International team consisting of a doctor, a paramedic and a first aider is on its way to Kathmandu.

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Earthquake in Nepal: Worldwide Relief Agency of the Order of Malta sends an assessment team

26/04/2015

The first aid workers from Malteser International are on their way to Nepal. An assessment team was dispatched to the region on Sunday morning. On the scene, they will be able to form an overview of the situation and begin setting in motion the first emergency relief measures. The Nepalese government has declared a state of emergency and called for international assistance.

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The Sovereign Order of Malta and the Republic of San Marino sign a civil defence agreement

23/04/2015

The Republic of San Marino’s Secretary of State for the Territory and Environment with responsibility for Civil Defence, Antonella Mularoni, and the Sovereign Order of Malta’s Grand Hospitaller, Dominique de La Rochefoucauld-Montbel, yesterday signed in the Magistral Palace in Rome a memorandum of understanding for civil defence.
The memorandum, confirming the excellent relations existing between the two sovereign entities since 1935, highlights training and prevention and interventions for the re-establishment of normal living conditions following natural disasters or particular climatic and atmospheric conditions that could threaten the safety of San Marino’s citizens.

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Fra’ Matthew Festing calls for immediate action on Mediterranean migrant crisis

22/04/2015

Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing, in acknowledging the work of the Order of Malta’s Italian Emergency Corps (CISOM) so deeply involved in the current migrant crisis off the coast of southern Italy, declared: ‘This shocking loss of life and this callous smuggling must stop. It behoves all civilised nations of every belief to set in place appropriate measures to help the desperate but also to exhort these criminals to cease their dreadful activities.

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Credentials presented by Egypt, Italy, Argentine and Paraguay

22/04/2015

The Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Fra’ Matthew Festing, received in audience in the Magistral Palace for the presentation of their Letters of Credence, the new Ambassadors of:

– Egypt, H.E. Wafaa Ashraf Moharram BASSIM
– Italy, H.E. Daniele MANCINI
– Argentine, H.E. Eduardo Félix VALDÉS
– Paraguay, H.E. Esteban Armando KRISKOVICH de VARGAS

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A new hospital for the Ivory Coast population

20/04/2015

The brand new St. John the Baptist Hospital was inaugurated on 16 April last, in the presence of the President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara, the Grand Hospitaller of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Dominique de La Rochefoucauld-Montbel, the President of Ordre de Malte France, Yann Baggio, and the President of the Compagnie Fruitière, Robert Fabre. Situated in Tiassalé, between Yamassoukro and Abidjan, the hospital will soon be accepting its first patients.

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Historical Legacy, Migration and Fort St. Angelo discussed during the Grand Master’s State Visit to the Republic of Malta

18/04/2015

“It is indeed an honour to welcome you, Your Most Eminent Highness, here in the city of Valletta, which was built by your predecessor Grand Master Jean de la Valette and which to this day bears his name.” With these words the President of the Republic di Malta Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca addressed Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing on his state visit to Malta. “I trust Your Most Eminent Highness’ stay amongst us will take you through an extraordinary journey of the cultural and historical legacy shaped by the Sovereign Order of Malta and the people of Malta and which began 485 years ago”.

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