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The Order in Transition
Rome, April 29th 2017

Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto was this morning elected Lieutenant of the Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta. The electing body, the Council Complete of State, met in the Magistral Villa in Rome, one of the Order of Malta’s two institutional seats.

The newly elected Lieutenant of the Grand Master will swear his Oath before the Pope’s Special Delegate to the Sovereign Order of Malta, Archbishop Angelo Becciu, and the members of the Council Complete of State Sunday morning in the Church of Santa Maria in Aventino.

Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto succeeds Fra’ Matthew Festing, 79th Grand Master, who resigned on 28 January 2017. Pope Francis has been informed by letter of the election result.

The Lieutenant of the Grand Master, Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto, elected for a one-year mandate, affirms his commitment to work closely with the Order’s Sovereign Council in advancing the diplomatic, social and humanitarian activities and to nourish the spiritual life and the commitment of our 13,500 members as well as that of our more than 100,000 volunteers and employees.

Malteser International Americas and the Order of Malta Lead a Panel on the Global Refugee Crisis at the United Nations
Focus on helping refugee women find hope and stability with viable opportunities and solutions amid crisis

MIAMI – On International Women’s Day, Malteser International Americas, an affiliate of Malteser International, the humanitarian relief agency of the Order of Malta, today announced that it will lead a side-panel at the United Nations (UN) on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m EST, centered on helping women to find hope and opportunity in the midst of the global refugee crisis. The panel entitled, “Women Caught in the Global Refugee Crisis: Finding Hope and Opportunity in Despair” will take place at the Ex-Press Bar at the UN (3rd Flr. NW corner of the General Assembly Building), and is scheduled during the UN 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. Heading up the panel are: Ravi Tripptrap, Executive Director, Malteser International Americas; Ninette Kelley, Director of the New York Office, United Nations High Commission on Refugees; H.E. Mr. Odo Tevi, Ambassador of Vanuatu to the United Nations; James Wiley, COO, Counter Human Trafficking Compliance Solutions; and Amal, a female refugee.

Pilgrimage to Lourdes
The Experience of Spiritual Renewal

2016 GroupThe American Catholic writer Flannery O’Connor once remarked that a person goes to Lourdes to pray for himself or herself but ends up praying for others.

Perhaps more than the cures that still occur in this holy place, this is the miracle of Lourdes: each pilgrim invariably finds that he or she is no longer alone in the struggles of life that we all have. Malades, their family members and volunteers discover the importance of being with one another, sharing in one another’s delight and in carrying one another’s burdens.

A Message from our President
International Women's Day 2016


I would like to take this opportunity on this special day to thank all of the women of our Association for their great contribution to our society and to the Order in serving our lords the poor and the sick.


Thank you,

André A Morin


Order of Malta on the Scene of Paris AttacksOrdre de Malte France’s medical teams went into action in the hours after the attacks to bring first aid to the victims. The teams, consisting of 40 volunteers and 5 ambulances, were deployed in the attack areas. Besides medical assistance, the Ordre de Malte France’s volunteers also attempted to comfort and reassure survivors of the attacks, in an evident state of shock.

Strongest Hurricane Hits Mexico: Flood relief needed in the aftermath of Hurricane Patricia

Hurricane ReliefDevastation has struck Mexico in the form of Hurricane Patricia. The record-breaking storm made landfall late last night, leaving disaster in its wake. Malteser International has coordinated with partners on the ground who are working with local churches, Bishops, and volunteers to provide emergency relief and supplies to the affected communities.

But your help today is still urgently needed! Please donate now to help us respond to the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Patricia

Libyan delegation in Rome to discuss immigration and mutual challenges
October 2015, Rome

A meeting organised by British think tank ‘Forward Thinking’ and the Sovereign Order of Malta took place this morning in Rome, at the Magistral Villa of the Order of Malta. The meeting was held in the presence of two Libyan delegations respectively representing Tobruk and Tripoli. The meeting was centred around the challenges posed by the escalating migration influx and the fight against people smuggling on Libyan soil.

Malteser International dispatches urgently needed relief goods and sends first response team to Nepal

27 April 2015



Following the mass destruction of the devastating earthquake in Nepal, Malteser International is sending first aid workers to provide relief to the suffering people of Nepal. A response team was dispatched to the region on Sunday morning to activate the first emergency relief measures, as the Nepalese government declared a state of emergency and is now called for international assistance.

“The people in Nepal need urgent help. Medical infrastructure on the ground has been overwhelmed: the hospitals are overflowing and they need medications and supplies. People are digging in the rubble with their bare hands to find victims and family members who have not been recovered yet. Communication on the ground is difficult because infrastructure has collapsed,” says Oliver Hochedez, Malteser International’s Emergency Relief Coordinator.

Pope Francis appoints Raymond Leo Burke Cardinalis Patronus of the Sovereign Order of Malta

Rome, 8 November 2014


Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke has been appointed Cardinalis Patronus of the Sovereign Order of Malta by His Holiness Pope Francis. Previously Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, he succeeds Cardinal Paolo Sardi, who was appointed Patron of the Sovereign Order of Malta in 2009 by Pope Benedict XVI.

Philippines: One year after typhoon Haiyan
Malteser International: More efforts needed to provide the displaced with safe homes

05 November 2014


700 families are now able to rebuild their homes with the right tools and materials to keep them safe from future typhoons.  Photo: Malteser International, Fulvio Zanittini


A greater effort must be made to provide the families displaced by Typhoon Haiyan with safer homes, humanitarian relief agency Malteser International states one year after the storm devastated the Philippines. Delays in state-sponsored reconstruction have left thousands of families still living in temporary shelters and tents. Malteser International together with the Philippine Association of the Order of Malta has already delivered 200 core shelters in 4 villages; by May, 500 more will be constructed.

“Since many of the villagers depend on the ocean as transport to access the nearest town and some for their livelihoods, many used to live by the shore. However, the typhoon has shown them that it is much safer to live further inland with the tradeoff of having a longer walk to work,” says Matius Larson Krisetya, Malteser International’s Partner Program Coordinator in the Philippines. “Several people from the communities who have a larger piece of land away from the water agreed to allow other families to buy and build on their property. This act of solidarity, through the villagers’ own initiative, allowed us to start building quickly. It is amazing how they have pulled together as a community.”

Statement by the President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

24 October 2014


This is a time of profound national sadness for all Canadians. The recent acts of violence in Ottawa and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, have touched the hearts of many people.  We worry that the horror of terrorism is taking root in our soil, so long a land of peace, cooperation, and inter-cultural collaboration.


God created us to experience the fullness of life and love. This outbreak of violence contradicts God’s intention for each one of us. However, the many spontaneous acts of mutual care and watchfulness that characterized the past few days are signs that most of us, believers and nonbelievers, are trying to live out God’s will for a fraternal, just and peaceful society.

EBOLA: Fighting the Epidemic in West Africa
Malteser International supports preventive measures in Guinea

2 October 2014


As the worst Ebola outbreak since the discovery of the virus continues to run rampant in West Africa, Malteser International is joining the efforts to fight the spreading epidemic. 


“The epidemic still shows no signs of slowing down,” says Marie Benner, Malteser International’s public health expert. “Although the international community has stepped up its efforts, the crisis continues to be overwhelming.”


Together with its partner agency, Order of Malta France (OMF), Malteser International is channeling funds toward awareness and prevention campaigns in Guinea, one of the countries most affected by the crisis. 


“Preventive measures are key to control the outbreak and to keep it from spreading to neighboring regions,” Benner says. "All communities must be informed and take measures to protect themselves accordingly, if we are to keep the outbreak from spiraling out of control.”

The Grand Master appeals for an end to religious discrimination.

Rome, 08/08/2014


The news arriving from Iraq of violence and religious discrimination, leading to the flight of tens of thousands of Christians from the north of the country, has created a tragedy which has assumed humanitarian proportions.


Over 200,000 have fled in recent weeks due to the advances of IS, the self declared islamic states of Syria and the Levant. Latest information from the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) reports that the majority of the refugees belong to religious minorities. The UN mission described the situation in northern Iraq as ‘desperate’, a ‘humanitarian tragedy’, ‘a matter of life and death.’


In the last hours the conflict has intensified around Qaraqosh, the main Christian city in Iraq. Its surrounding areas have been overrun by militants of the self-proclaimed Islamic caliphate. The Chaldean Patriach, Louis Sako, who heads the largest Christian church in Iraq, confirms: ‘In these days, 100,000 Christians have fled on foot in the clothes they stand up in, heading towards Kurdistan. It is a humanitarian disaster: the churches have been occupied and their crosses torn down.’


This morning, Pope Francis added his condemnation of the tragedy, calling on the international community do more to exert pressure and bring the persecution and the humanitarian drama to an end.


Almost the entire Christian community in the area of Mosul has been forced to leave their homeland, where they had continued the tradition of one of the oldest Christian communities.


The Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Fra’ Matthew Festing, has declared his ‘deep and serious concern’ at the events in recent days. In declaring it an ‘unacceptable persecution of the Faith,’ he has requested the members and volunteers of the Order of Malta to pray for the Iraqi people and for an end to violence and religious discrimination.

Iraqi Christians


August 7, 2014


Far away from the comfort of our television screens, tablets and newspapers, a tragedy continues to unfold in Iraq. Islamist extremists, intent on eliminating any trace of Christianity, have cast out tens of thousands of Christians, a people with an almost 2,000-year history in the region.

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The Malteser International Annual Report 2013 is now online and available for download:


English version: http://bit.ly/1l7dulq

German version: http://bit.ly/1jAX0XV

In 2013,
-        nearly half million people received emergency relief after disasters and crisis;
-        about 6,500 newborn babies and infants were protected from malnutrition and undernourishment with therapeutic foods;
-        more than 4,600 new latrines were built to provide basic sanitation for about 95,000 people;
-        nearly 360,000 further people got a daily source of clean drinking water;
-        around 12,000 families learnt how to improve their living conditions, their nutrition and/or their income by farming, raising livestock or through income generating measures.


These are just a few examples for the impact of the relief we could provide thanks to your support. More than 1,000 staff members in our project countries and in our headquarters have worked to carry out Malteser International’s mission: to ensure that people in need have a chance to live a healthy life with dignity.
With this Annual Report, we would like to share with you the fruits of our labor. Thank you for your continuous and generous support!

The future of water: Universal access until 2030 must become political priority


21-03-2014 Cologne

Finally, he doesn’t have to drink the water from the creek behind the village anymore. (photo: Malteser International)


Every day in 2013, nearly 1,000 people gained access to clean water, thanks to Malteser International water projects. Yet, 768 million people worldwide remain without access to an improved source of drinking water. On World Water Day 2014 – the last before the Millennium Development Goals expire in 2015 – Malteser International is calling on political leaders to work toward ensuring equal access to water for all population groups. 

The new 2030 targets, which will replace the Millennium Development Goals, should have an explicit focus on reducing inequalities by targeting poor and otherwise disadvantaged groups, says Ingo Radtke, Malteser International’s Secretary General. “When it comes to access to clean water, there’s still a large gap between different parts of the population, and this gap coincides with aspects such as gender, age, disability, and extreme poverty,” he says.

Support for social services in Ukraine needed


13.03.2014 Cologne

Since December, the relief corps of the Order of Malta in Ukraine has run two field kitchens on Independence Square (Maidan), the main site of clashes between protesters and government troops in the capital city, Kiev. Photo: Pavlo Titko


The current political and military tensions in Ukraine could give rise to a social crisis with humanitarian consequences in the region. Malteser International is observing the situation and is ready to support its Ukrainian partners on the ground in case of escalation. “The number of people in need of relief in Ukraine continues to increase,” says Ingo Radtke, Malteser International Secretary General. “As state agencies cut back their support for social services due to the country’s weakened economy, many people are looking to the Ukrainian relief corps of the Order of Malta for help.”

Since December, the relief corps of the Order of Malta in Ukraine has run two field kitchens on Independence Square (Maidan), the main site of clashes between protesters and government troops in the capital city, Kiev. By the end of February, they had served 350,000 warm meals and 250,000 gallons of tea. The kitchens continue to operate nearly around the clock every day.

Malteser International expands medical aid inside the country



Malteser International is supporting a school for Syrian children in Kilis (Turkey), and providing them with a warm meal every day. Photo: Kerem Yucel


As the Syrian civil war enters into its third year, Malteser International is intensifying its medical relief efforts for refugees inside Syria. Three new mobile health stations are being deployed to Syrian camps near Aleppo, in the northern border region with Turkey, where they will provide medical care for 50,000 Syrians. The organization will also distribute 50,000 relief packages to the camps’ residents, as well as to 1,500 displaced families in the Damascus region, working in cooperation with its local partner, the International Blue Crescent (IBC).


“Working inside Syria remains challenging, but the humanitarian needs are immense,” says Oliver Hochedez, emergency relief coordinator at Malteser International. “The camp residents are in dire need of health care, but most of the medical facilities in and around Aleppo are either destroyed, abandoned or operating above capacity. With our clinics, those who need immediate medical attention don’t have to walk for hours to cross the border into Turkey, and this could save their lives.”




As part of the celebrations commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Canadian Association, a new book by Dr. Robert Pichette was launched at the September 2013 investiture dinner in Ottawa. The addition of an illustrated armorial section is included to augment the one published for the 50th anniversary, and is a fitting remembrance of the Order's honorable tradition in heraldry.

In the introduction, Frà Matthew Festing writes:
”I am very pleased to introduce this short history which outlines not only the progression of the Canadian Association over the past 60 years, but also the various links and accomplishments of those who helped, not insignificantly, with the formation of Canada and are embedded in the countryʼs history... Beginnings and Establishment: The Order of Malta in Canada will serve to provide additional enlightenment to the diverse record of history embodied in the Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta.“

Copies are available for purchase in Canada at $35 each and in the USA at $40 (shipping included).  Payment may be made online via the donations tab ~ reference ʻBeginnings and Establishmentʼ

Hardcover with dust jacket, 297 pages, English & French.      With 3-5 day tracked delivery, these make a great gift!

Typhoon Haiyan/Philippines: “Food is greatest concern” for affected population
Emergency relief for 7,000 villagers in most affected zone


Photo: Malteser International

Emergency relief expert Sandra Harlass talks to affected village residents on Samar Island.


18-11-2013 Cologne/Manila. In San Antonio and Amandayehan, two coastal villages in Southern Samar which were nearly completely destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan, Malteser International will distribute food, household items, and hygiene articles to almost 7,000 people in need of aid. The two villages are located across from Tacloban City on the San Juanico Strait, one of the disaster’s most affected areas.

“Food is the biggest concern at the moment,” reports Sandra Harlass, emergency relief expert at Malteser International, who is currently conducting the rapid assessment on Samar. “Even if people have money, they can’t buy food, as nearly all stocks have been washed away by the storm surge, and all markets within a 50 kilometer radius have shut down. Most of the harvest has also been destroyed. People here will be food dependent for the coming months.”

Malteser International provides care in new camp

Photo: Malteser International


08/10/13 Cologne. Malteser International is expanding its emergency medical relief activities on the Turkish-Syrian border. Three doctors and three nurses are providing health care at a new refugee camp near Kilis, which opened its doors to nearly 4,000 refugees yesterday. Another 1,000 refugees should be admitted to the camp in the coming days. The new health center already attended more than 80 patients in its opening day.

“The people coming into the camp have spent many days and nights on the run, sleeping in the open with nightly temperatures down to six degrees, in poor hygiene conditions – this causes diarrhea, respiratory infections and skin diseases. Some have injuries such as broken bones or wounds,” says Malteser International health advisor Sandra Harlass, who is currently assisting the setup of the medical activities in the camp. Among the doctors, a gynecologist provides special care for pregnant women.

60th Anniversary of the Canadian Association


The Canadian Association is pleased to announce that the Clothing of a Novice Knight of Justice will take place during the annual Investiture weekend in Ottawa.  The novitiate of a knight is an important step in the process of discernment that leads to the taking of permanent vows.  Professed knights are religious for all purposes of Canon Law and are the core, the heart, of our religious order. Ceremonies will take place on Friday and Saturday, September 27th and 28th, 2013.


A Vigil of Arms and the Clothing Ceremony of the new Novice Knight of Justice will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 27, 2013 at Saint-Patrick’s Basilica (220 Kent Street, Ottawa, Ontario).


The Investiture Mass will be presided by His Grace Archbishop Terrance Prendergast S.J., Archbishop of Ottawa  and will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 28th, 2013 at the Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica (385 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario).



Rome, Italy June 7, 2013 

The 6th International Colloquium of the International Association of Catholic Bioethicists (IACB), organized with the support of the Order of Malta, will address the topic: “Supporting and caring for persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD): Ethical Reflections and Practical Considerations” at Villa Palazzola near Rome, Italy, from June 9-14, 2013.

Concert to Celebrate 60th ANNIVERSARY


In Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Canadian Association of the Order of Malta a free concert will be held on April 12, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. in Saint-Viateur d’Outremont’s parish church, 1175 Laurier Avenue West, Montreal (at the corner of Bloomfield).
The programme features masterpieces from the baroque era performed by the Tiffany string quartet as well as works from the Livre d’orgue de Montréal, and works by Bach and Franck played by organist Pierre Grandmaison.
There will be a collection following the concert.  The proceeds will be donated to the Accueil Bonneau Foundation.

The Grand Master present with the Order of Malta’s official delegation at the inauguration mass.



“Let us never forget that real power is service…of the poorest, the weakest,” said Pope Francis, choosing “Care” and “Protection” as the leading themes of his homily during the Solemn Mass that officially marked the of start of his papacy. In front of a packed St. Peter’s Square, the Pope stressed the need to protect each other, “showing loving concern for each and every one, especially children, the elderly, and those in need, who are the last we often think about.”

May the Holy Spirit bestow an abundance of gifts on our Holy Father and grant him the strength and wisdom to lead our Church to new beginnings.  "Lord, make him an instrument of your peace".

Over 200,000 people in St.Peter’s Square and the streets beyond demonstrated
their support for the frail pontiff, and their empathy for his successor.  There was applause and there were tears as Benedict XVI, in the last public speech he will ever make, thanked the crowd for their expressions of love and faith.

The jeep moved through the arches…and he was gone!

The Order of Malta, which runs a first aid post every Wednesday and Sunday at the Vatican, recorded a hectic morning, with numerous patients. The Order of Malta’s Aline Dobrzensky, a long-time volunteer at the Post, recounts: ‘A young American/ Italian couple came in with a two-week old baby, as the mother was feeling faint. When she recovered and felt better, they stood by the door of the Post, just as Pope Benedict was leaving after the Papal Audience in his white jeep. He turned and gave our whole team a lovely wave and a smile, to say farewell. The white jeep then suddenly stopped and the mother held up her baby to His Holiness. The Pope, who is a member of the Order of Malta, gently kissed the baby boy - who was called Benedict - on his forehead and gave us all such a lovely smile. Then the jeep moved on through the arches ... and he was gone!’

The Order of Malta’s First Aid Post in the Vatican has been running Wednesdays and Sundays since 1975. It is staffed by 85 members and volunteers, including doctors, nurses and trained first aiders. The Post is at the disposal of all pilgrims who visit St.Peter’s for papal audiences and
Pope Benedict addresses the members of the Order: ‘Your valuable work is a living testimony to the Gospel’

Rome, 09/02/2013

The culminating moment at the end of the solemn Mass in St.Peter’s Basilica, celebrated by the Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone for the 900th anniversary since the granting of the Bull by Pope Paschal II (15 February 2013), was the address by Pope Benedict XVI to the packed congregation. Over 4500 members and volunteers of the Order from all over the world joined in celebration, led by the Grand Master, Fra’ Matthew Festing. Also present were the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Giulio Terzi di Sant’Agata, representing the President of the Republic of Italy, together with the heads of state of the Principality of Monaco, Morocco and Jordan, the European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, Michel Bernier, and many civic authorities, 170 ambassadors and diplomatic representatives, and a delegation from the Order of St.John.


Ottawa, 1/27/2013



photo:  The Right Honourable Édouard Thibaudeau Rinfret, Chief Justice of Canada and the first President of the Canadian Association, kneeling in the presence of Cardinal Paul Émile Léger.  In the background, Count Robert W. Keyserlingk and Mr. Quintin J. Gwyn.  Standing next to Cardinal Léger, Canon Emmett G. Carter, Chaplain of Magistral Grace and future Cardinal Archbishop of Toronto.



The Canadian Association was incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation by federal charter on January 27, 1953.  The first seven knights formed its first Board of Directors.
 Chief Justice Thibaudeau Rinfret was elected the first President while Mr. Quintin J. Gwyn was elected Chancellor.  Mr. Gwyn would later become President before serving as the Order’s Grand Chancellor in Rome.

SYRIA CRISIS: Plight of refugees intensifies.
Malteser International scales up aid in the region


Photo: Malteser International


Cologne. 1/24/2013


As the crisis in Syria and its neighbouring countries intensifies and the numbers of refugees and displaced continues to rise, Malteser International is preparing an expansion of its emergency response in the region. According to the United Nations, nearly four million Syrians are currently in need of aid. Malteser International will give continuation to its winter relief operations and plans to provide emergency aid to an additional 10,000 people in Syria, Turkey and Lebanon. Further distributions of heating ovens, medication and school materials will focus especially on the needs of women and children, who are the most vulnerable among the displaced population.

SYRIA CRISIS: Winter relief to thousands of refugees on Turkish border
Influx of Syrian refugees into Turkey intensifies


Photo: Reuters/Osman Orsal


Cologne, 15/11/2012


As the Syrian crisis reaches unprecedented proportions, Malteser International, the humanitarian relief service of the Order of Malta, is expanding its help in the region by providing winter relief to nearly 8,000 Syrian refugees in two provinces in Turkey.

Amidst fighting and bombardments along the Turkish-Syrian border, the influx of refugees into Turkey has intensified; last week, a violence outbreak led 9,000 Syrians to flee in a 24-hour period, swelling to over 120,000 the number of registered refugees in Turkish camps. According to news reports, it was one of the largest refugee influxes into Turkey since the beginning of hostilities.

Hereafter a notice issued by the Secretariat of State of the Holy See


Rome 17/10/12


In response to frequent requests for information concerning the recognition by the Holy See of Equestrian Orders dedicated to the saints or to holy places, the Secretariat of State considers it opportune to reiterate what has already been published, namely that, other than its own Equestrian Orders (i.e.: the Supreme Order of Christ, the Order of the Golden Spur, the Pian Order, the Order of Saint Gregory the Great, and the Order of Pope Saint Sylvester), the Holy See recognizes and supports only the Sovereign Military Order of Malta – also known as the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta – and the Equestrian Order of the Holy See Sepulchre of Jerusalem. The Holy See foresees no additions or innovations in this regard.

All other orders, whether of recent origin or medieval institution, are not recognized by the Holy See. Furthermore, the Holy See does not guarantee their historical or juridical legitimacy, their ends or organizational structures.

To avoid any possible doubts, even owing to illicit issuing of documents or the inappropriate use of sacred places, and to prevent the continuation of abuses which may result in harm to people of good faith, the Holy See confirms that it attributes absolutely no value whatsoever to certificates of membership or insignia issued by these groups, and it considers inappropriate the use of churches or chapels for their so-called “ceremonies of investiture”.

Malteser International supports emergency response with an initial 10,000 euros


Cologne/Port-au-Prince  29/8/12

After tropical storm Isaac having cut a path of destruction through Haiti, Malteser International, the relief service of the Order of Malta for humanitarian aid, in addition to its current programmes will support emergency relief in one of the poorest slums of Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince as well as in the most hit south of the island with an initial 10,000 euros.
“Tropical storm Isaac has been the most violent storm to hit Haiti since the earthquake in 2010”, Thomas Huefken, Malteser International Programme Coordinator in Port-au-Prince, states.

In Haiti’s slum region Cité Soleil as well as in the neighbouring settlement of Tabarre, Malteser International will provide tools, plastic sheets, timber and nails for necessary repair and construction works. “We hand over all materials to the Haitian civil protection which will organise groups to repair latrines, clean the sewage drains, remove the waste and the debris and to construct temporary shelter for the homeless”, Huefken explains.

Aid distribution areas not yet affected. The number of displaced families seeking refuge with relatives and friends in Damascus continues to rise.


Photo: REUTERS/Shaam News Network/Handout

Cologne. 18/7/12

The violent clashes that have broken out in the streets of Damascus over the past three days will likely make it more difficult to deliver assistance to those in need in the Syrian capital , reports Malteser International, the Order of Malta’s worldwide humanitarian relief agency. 

“So far, there hasn’t been any fighting in the areas where we hope to distribute our aid packages to the needy population”, says Thomas Molitor, emergency relief coordinator for Syria at Malteser International. The aid organisation fears that the escalation of violence in Damascus will continue.

Those fleeing to Damascus are seeking refuge in the homes of relatives and friends. “The influx of displaced families continues to rise, especially in poor neighbourhoods on the outskirts of the city”, Molitor says. “There, you sometimes find three or four families sharing apartments where only one family used to live”.

Helping nomad communities become resistant to droughts.


Cologne. 17/7/12

One year after responding to a devastating drought followed by a major food crisis in the Horn of Africa, Malteser International, the Order of Malta’s worldwide humanitarian relief agency, is working to prevent future water and food crises in northern Kenya by helping residents prepare for upcoming droughts. 

“Now, we begin with the next phase of our drought intervention in East Africa”, says Ingo Radtke, Malteser International’s Secretary General. “Herders will learn how to collect rainwater for drinking, and so make do with the little natural resources they have – when the next drought comes, they will be better prepared”. 

A long-term recovery project will benefit around 15,000 semi-nomads living near Illeret, located on the shore of Lake Turkana and only a few kilometres away from Ethiopian border. “This very sparsely populated region is one of the poorest and most neglected in Kenya, and it is constantly being affected by very severe droughts”, says Katja Horstmann, Kenya specialist at Malteser International. “The water from Lake Turkana is very alkaline, which makes it unsafe for drinking.” Most of the population in the region belongs to the Daasanach, a pastoralist tribe.


On Saturday June 23, 2012, the President of the Canadian Association of the Sovereign Order of Malta, His Excellency Dr. André Morin, presented the Bailiff Grand Cross of Honour and Devotion to His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins.  Cardinal Collins presided over the annual celebration of the Feast of St. John the Baptist, patron saint of the Order.   (Photo by Alexander Puettner)


This honour was bestowed on behalf of the Grand Master and the Sovereign Council of the Order in Rome. Its recent recipients include Leonardo Cardinal Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches and Paolo Cardinal Sardi, the Cardinal Patronus, representative of the Holy Father to the Order of Malta. 

Cologne 21/12/11

Malteser International, the Order of Malta’s worldwide relief service, is supporting the emergency relief efforts in the Philippines after this weekend’s flash flood. A sudden rush of water caused by tropical storm Washi caught hundreds of families in the Cagayan de Oro and Iligan provinces on Mindanao Island unaware in the middle of the night on Friday. The Philippine association of the Order of Malta has so far airlifted 1,000 kilograms of food and medication to the disaster zone. More than 63,000 families, or 338,000 people, have lost their homes and belongings due to the storm waters. More than 280,000 residents have taken shelter in evacuation centres in the disaster area, and more than 1,500 people are injured. The death toll now nears 1,000.

KENYA UPDATE: Hunger relief intensified – Food and medication for 73,000 people
Rome, 21/10/11

As food distributions continue in the Marsabit region in northern Kenya, Malteser International is now broadening its relief activities in the country, bringing aid to another 30,000 residents in the neighbouring region of Isiolo. The villagers will receive a basic supply of food and medication over a period of at least four months. With these additional measures, Malteser International’s help is now reaching a total of 73,000 people.

Around 5,000 Isiolo residents with special needs, such as children, pregnant and lactating women, as well as elderly and sick people, are each provided with a monthly ration of 5.6 kilograms of Unimix – a flour enriched with vitamins and nutrients – as well as 560 ml of cooking oil. Malteser International also supplies their family members – another 25,000 people – with monthly rations of 3 kilograms of maize, 1.5 kilograms of beans, 400 ml of cooking oil and 60 g of salt. “Only then can we be sure that the weakest people are truly getting enough to eat”, says Ute Kirch, emergency relief coordinator for Malteser International. “In the region, it is custom to divide the food among the family members in the household.”


FOOD CRISIS IN THE HORN OF AFRICA : the Order of Malta to bring emergency aid for thousands in Kenya

Rome, 23/07/2011

Over 10 million people are at risk of dying of hunger in the Horn of Africa. The worst drought in 60 years has brought on what the United Nations have defined as the world’s greatest ongoing humanitarian disaster.


In this first emergency phase, the Order of Malta is working to bring aid to a population of over 20,000 in Marsabit, in the north eastern region of Kenya – including 1,200 pregnant women and over 3,000 malnourished children. More than 17,000 people will receive food, and 3,000 with be provided with emergency medicines. The food kits consist of rice, beans, oil and basic foodstuffs; the emergency medical kits include vitamin A, iron, folic acid and anitfunghus drugs for intestinal parasites. The Order of Malta will be assisted in the distribution of these survival measures by the Marsabit Dioceses and their medical units.


For days, these mothers and small children have struggled over the arid eastern plains of Kenya in a desperate search for something to eat and to drink. Exhausted and hungry, many have died along the way. The situation in the badly overcrowded refugee camps is now critical: there is very little food and insufficient medicines to meet the demand. And in the remote rural areas, many wait for help – help that so far has not arrived.


How you can help

Every donation, however modest, is most gratefully received. It will mean the Order of Malta can give support to those who are suffering, to avoid them dying of starvation and with the Government of Canada's matching program for donations your contribution will go even farther.  Please click 'here' or select the Donation button from the menu on the left and reference "East Africa" in the Add special instructions to the seller section on the final donation review page.

March 2011, Roman J. Ciecwierz, KMOb


Just in time for the season of Lent, the Canadian Association has begun a foray into Prison Ministry through the distribution of a newsletter to Catholic inmates in Ontario and British Columbia.  This new ministry for the Canadian Association is a joint venture with the American Association of the Order of Malta, who has been publishing such a newsletter since 2009 and currently oversees distribution of 25,000 copies in 25 States.  Working with prison chaplains in these two provinces to start,  “The Serving Brother,” offers “Catholic Spirituality to the Incarcerated.” Recognizing the disparate conditions that Catholic prisoners find themselves in, the publication is intended to represent a “spiritual lifeline” to those readers finding themselves in conditions inhospitable to the Catholic faith.

Ethical and Loving Care of Persons Living with Dementia and Their Families (Summary by Bridget Campion) On November 24, 2010, Dr. Bill Sullivan delivered the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute’s Annual Lecture, “Ethical and Loving Care of Persons Living with Dementia and Their Families.” The Founding Director of the CCBI, and currently the Executive Director of the International Association of Catholic Bioethicists, as well as, a Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life and the Canadian Association of the Order of Malta, Dr. Sullivan is also a family physician at St. Michael’s Hospital and Surrey Place Centre. He brought his expertise as both a bioethicist and family physician to his lecture. more...

Sunday June 27, 2010 in Halifax, Fra' Matthew Festing, head of the Order of Malta, will assist at Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica and take part in a number of governmental-level ceremonies, some associated with the Centennial of Canada's Navy, that flow from relations that exist between Canada and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (as described below in a Government of Canada website): On June 4, 2008, Canada established official relations with the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta,through an exchange of letters between Canada¹s Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Order¹s Grand Master.  The Grand Master (center) is pictured with The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and The Honourable Noel Kinsella, Speaker of the Senate.

His Grace Archbishop Collins admitted to the Order of Malta
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Friday, the Canadian Association of The Order of Malta officially signed a contract with CIDA for funding of its second generation project to help the people of the Altiplano Tapicari. This follows the approval of Minister Bev Oda, Minister of International Cooperation received on January 10, 2010. The Canadian Association has partnered with AGRUCO, a center of excellence for agricultural research and development at the university in Cochabamba, to improve the quality of life of the people in the Bolivian Altiplano. The Chuño Project leverages AGRUCO’s expertise in improving indigenous agriculture, making it sustainable with local practices, materials and customs. more...