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


“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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Hot meals for the winter distributed in Sofia


The distribution of hot meals by the Sovereign Order of Malta’s embassy in Bulgaria in cooperation with the “Communitas” foundation will end on 2nd April. Since November last year the young volunteers the embassy deploys for humanitarian, social, healthcare and training activities have handed out 450 meals a day five times a week in three different places in Sofia.

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A new medical center for northern Iraq


It will be the second in northern Kurdistan where Malteser International will secure the population’s access to healthcare

In the north of Iraq, care for those who have been displaced by the advance of the so-called ‘Islamic State’ terror organization is slowly improving. “International aid is gradually getting a better grip on things,” says Oliver Hochedez, Malteser International’s emergency relief coordinator, with regard to the situation in the Dohuk area of the Kurdistan autonomous region. “Most of the refugees are now housed in organized tent cities. Across the country, however, there are more people being displaced every day – particularly from the areas which are being heavily fought over.”

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Order of Malta on the frontline in leprosy treatment


Inaugurated in Cambodia a new department for treating plantar ulcers

Ordre de Malte France’s new department for plantar ulcers was officially inaugurated on 27 February last in Battambang province, Cambodia. The pavilion specializes in leprosy patients with pathologies that often involve feet deformities. It was built inside the hospital complex of the Battambang district in the western part of the country, with the contribution of the Cambodian Ministry of Health. Present at the inauguration ceremony were the Grand Hospitaller of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Dominique de La Rochefoucauld-Montbel, the provincial authorities, the regional health director and various local religious leaders.


Four years of war in Syria: “One of the worst humanitarian disasters of our times”


Health care nearly collapsed, neighbouring countries close to the limit of their capacity

March 15th will mark the fourth year since the beginning of the uprising in Syria, and a political solution to the crisis continues to be nowhere in sight. Malteser International, the Order of Malta’s relief service for humanitarian aid, appeals to the international community to strengthen its efforts to alleviate the enormous, unprecedented plight of the civilian population.

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Prisoners’ Aid is an Important Service in the United States


With over 25 percent of offenders worldwide, the United States has the world’s largest prison population. There are currently two million people incarcerated in state or federal prisons and four million on probation. A situation that has repercussions on the living conditions of inmates since recent estimates state that American prisons are operating at 40 percent above capacity.
Aid and psychological assistance for prisoners is one of the main activities of the Order of Malta’s American Association. This project also involves the Order’s other north-American entities – the Federal, Western and Canadian Associations – and has led to the creation of a coordination committee.


Philippines: Order of Malta delivers 700 homes to survivors of Typhoon Yolanda. Grand Master received by President Aquino


The handover of the symbolic key for the 700 homes the Order of Malta has built in Basey, Bantayan and Cebu, devastated by typhoon Yolanda, was the most significant moment of the meeting between the President of the Republic of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino, and the Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Fra’ Matthew Festing, in Malacañan Palace on 3 March.


“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.