The Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing received the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Sovereign Order of Malta for the traditional audience of the beginning of the new year.The audience took place at the Magistral Villa in Rome.
The embassy of the Order of Malta to the Holy See organised a seminar highlighting the important role Catholic women play in helping migrants and refugees. Amongst the attendees were Sister Eugenia Bonetti, President of the Association “Slaves no More” and Sister Angel Bipendu, a medical volunteer for the Italian Relief Corps of the Order of Malta.
The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) features the Order of Malta’s Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem, just up the hill from the Church of the Nativity. The hospital serves everyone, especially mothers, their newborn babies, and all children who need special care.
The Order of Malta’s Relief Organisation in Lithuania runs a “Meals on Wheels” project in 17 cities in the country.
Every year the project distributes more than 110,000 hot meals to the sick and lonely elderly community. In the city of Tauragė, Lithuania, Mr. Saulius Oželis not only distributes soup to the elderly, but also keeps them young by taking them for a ride on his motorcycle.
Malteser International, the Order of Malta’s relief agency, continues its aid efforts in stricken Haiti after Hurricane Matthew’s devastating landfall. The organization distributed tools and equipment, and helped to clear streets and drainage channels in some of the most heavily affected areas in the immediate aftermath of the hurricane.