Sovereign Military Hospitaller
Order of St John of Jerusalem of
Rhodes and of Malta

The Order’s commitment worldwide in 100 photos


An exhibition in cooperation with the Spanish Embassy and the Instituto Cervantes

The photography exhibition on the Sovereign Order of Malta, inaugurated yesterday in the Instituto Cervantes, is divided into four thematic areas. A journey through the centuries to illustrate the health and humanitarian mission carried out around the world, starting from the Pie Postulatio Voluntatis, the document of which the Order of Malta is celebrating the 900th anniversary.

The Spanish Ambassador to the Sovereign Order of Malta and the Holy See, Eduardo Gutiérrez Sáenz de Buruaga, welcomed the Grand Commander of the Order Fra’ Carlo d’Ippolito di Sant’Ippolito who expressed his gratitude for “the hospitality and for this commendable cultural initiative that forms part of the initiatives for celebrating the nine centuries of friendship and cooperation between the Order of Malta and Spain”.

“I want to point out,” the Grand Commander said, “the ancient and close bonds between Spain and the Sovereign Order of Malta to which a part of this exhibition has been devoted. Also here we’re talking about a good nine centuries of fruitful relations to which the Spanish Embassy has devoted a series of interesting lectures”.

Assistance without borders, humanitarian diplomacy, the commitment to reach the excluded, a network of volunteers present in 120 countries. These are the exhibition areas, consisting of some hundred photographs taken in the “hottest” spots in the planet – from Africa to the Middle East, from South East Asia to South America.

Fighting against disease, rescuing those fleeing from conflicts and poverty, assisting the homeless; and then the pilgrimages, the summer camps for the disabled, the soup kitchens.  A journey in pictures to recount the commitment and dedication of the over 80 thousand volunteers who every day act out the Order’s age-old motto of Ordine Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum in those countries where social and humanitarian emergencies are a daily priority.

The exhibition is open every day from 19 to 30 June, from 4 to 9 p.m. Instituto Cervantes, Piazza Navona, 91 – Rome

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