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The Order of Malta’s Projects in Timor-Leste

30/05/2014

An orphanage built and a health centre in the capital Dili soon to be operational

The Sovereign Order of Malta’s latest achievement in Timor-Leste, is the recently inaugurated orphanage for 26 children aged from 6 to 18. The facility, managed by the Dominican sisters, is in Hera, a few kilometres from the capital Dili.  It is surrounded by agricultural land which can help to make the structure self-sufficient and at the same time enable the children to learn a skill.

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THE PRESIDENT OF THE ITALIAN REPUBLIC VISITS THE MAGISTRAL VILLA

26/05/2014

This morning the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, made a private visit to the Magistral Villa, the Order of Malta’s institutional Headquarters. The Head of State was received by the Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Fra’ Matthew Festing. After visiting the Church of St. Mary on the Aventine and the villa’s gardens, President Napolitano and the Grand Master enjoyed a cordial conversation.

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FLOODS IN SERBIA AND BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA: THE GRAND MASTER’S MESSAGE

22/05/2014

“On behalf of the Sovereign Order of Malta’s government, and me personally, I want to express to your people and to the victims’ families my most sincere condolences and my profound sorrow for the catastrophic floods that have struck the Balkans, causing death and destruction”. With these words the Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Fra’ Matthew Festing, addressed in a note the president of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bakir Izetbegović, and the president of Serbia, Tomislav Nikolić.

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Latest interventions of the Order of Malta in the World

Uganda: the Order of Malta Distributes Aid to South Sudan Refugees

19/05/2014

According to United Nations figures, the civil crisis underway in South Sudan since the end of last year has made 1.3 million people homeless. Over three hundred thousand have been forced to flee to neighbouring countries, including Uganda.
In north Uganda, in the Rhino refugee camp, Malteser International, the Sovereign Order of Malta’s International Relief Agency, is intensifying its efforts to assist the refugees.

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COOPERATION AGREEMENT BETWEEN LA FRANCOPHONIE AND THE SOVEREIGN ORDER OF MALTA

16/05/2014

The Secretary General of the International Organization of la Francophonie and former President of Senegal, Abdou Diouf, and the Grand Chancellor of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Jean- Pierre Mazery, signed a cooperation agreement on 14 May in Paris for establishing a link between the two institutions in the areas of common interest.

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Credentials presented by Armenia and Liberia

14/05/2014

The Grand Master of the 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:

- Armenia, H.E. Mikayel MINASYAN
- Liberia, H.E. Rudolf P. von BALLMOOS.

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HONORARY DEGREE FOR FRA’ MATTHEW FESTING

13/05/2014

In Villa Aurelia, on the Janiculum hill overlooking the city of Rome, members of the board of trustees, teachers and students of the John Cabot University celebrated its 42nd graduation ceremony for 2014 on 12 May last.
During the event, the President of the John Cabot University, Franco Pavoncello, conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Public Service upon Fra’ Matthew Festing “for providing an outstanding example of dedication to human progress and peace in his leadership of the Sovereign Order of Malta”.

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The Sovereign Order of Malta receives Cardinal Parolin Holy See’s Secretary of State

12/05/2014

The meeting with Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing this morning. Cardinal Parolin: “The Order can carry out a permanent and contemporary mission in the Church today”.

The Holy See’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, met the Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Fra’ Matthew Festing, accompanied by the Grand Chancellor, Jean-Pierre Mazery, and the Grand Hospitaller Albrecht Boeselager, in the Magistral Palace this morning.
The meeting was held in an atmosphere of great cordiality. Recalling its main areas of humanitarian assistance to the sick, to the victims of natural disasters and wars, Cardinal Parolin urged the Order of Malta to “continue confidently along its path. Because in this new spiritual atmosphere, with the emphasis Pope Francis places on closeness to the poor and to all those in difficulty, the Order can carry out a permanent and contemporary mission in the Church today”.

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LOURDES: THE ORDER OF MALTA’S 56TH INTERNATIONAL PILGRIMAGE

08/05/2014

Led by Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing, some 1300 malades as well as over 6500 members and volunteers participated in the Order of Malta’s 56th International Pilgrimage to Lourdes.

Coming from 33 countries on all the continents, the pilgrims arrived in Lourdes by 17 airplanes, 5 special trains and an indefinite number of coaches.    Just like the last 55 years, this organization has required an enormous logistical effort, said the Grand Master.   Meeting the volunteers taking part in the pilgrimage for the first time during the customary ceremony for consigning the participation medals,  Fra’ Matthew Festing said to them “there are many ways in which we can continue our pilgrimage once we have returned home.  We have thousands of voluntary activities in which it is possible to become involved, or to continue our involvement.

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The Inauguration of the Order of Malta’s Visitors’ Centre

05/05/2014

On Wednesday 30 April the Order of Malta’s new Visitors’ Centre was inaugurated, an exhibition area on the ground floor of the Magistral Palace.

Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing was present for the occasion to perform the traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony and the Order of Malta’s prelate, Monsignor Angelo Acerbi, gave his benediction.

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