Fra' Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto
The Lieutenant of the Grand Master is elected for a term of one year. According to the Constitution, as the religious Superior and Sovereign, he must fully dedicate himself to the development of the works of the Order and to set an example of living by Christian principles, to all the members of the Order.
Upholding human dignity by reaching out to the excluded
In every country of the world the same people are isolated by society – the homeless, prisoners, ethnic minorities, drug addicts – and there are those who can be pushed to its fringes, such as the elderly and disabled. The Order of Malta’s centuries-old mission of care reaches out to the excluded through its social assistance projects. It intervenes in situations of social ostracism, such as afflicts the Dalit ethnic group in India, and promotes programmes for social integration for Roma people in several European countries. Traditional soup kitchens running for many years in Hungary, Great Britain, Spain and Bulgaria – among other countries – have expanded to cater for refugees and migrants arriving from Africa and the Middle East. In Lithuania young volunteers pay regular visits to elderly people living alone in meager conditions and great poverty. The International Camp for Young Disabled has been running for over thirty years and takes place each summer in a different country. There is a place for all volunteers who want to be part of the Order of Malta’s wide spectrum of social care.
The Albanian Organization of the Order of Malta (Malteser Albania) has recently inaugurated a multidisciplinary centre for individuals with special needs, and in particular for Roma and Egyptian people.