Year 2023

  • 29/12/2023

    Holy Family Hospital stands ready to care for newborns and mothers despite the war

      In the traditional Christmas Eve Mass, Pope Francis reiterated his call for peace. “Our hearts are in Bethlehem” he cried out while cautioning against the pursuit of worldly success and power. In the city of Bethlehem, each December, Manger Square hosts a life-size nativity scene, illuminated by stars and a three-story Christmas tree. Liturgical […]

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  • 21/12/2023

    The Grand Master’s wishes for a Merry Christmas

      Below is the text of the Christmas greeting video message from the Grand Master of the Order of Malta, Fra’ John Dunlap: Dear Members, and Friends of the Order- As we approach Christmas and the birth of Our Saviour, Jesus Christ, I should like to share with you from the Grand Magistry in Rome […]

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  • 07/12/2023

    Malteser International starts distributions of food in Gaza

      In partnership with German aid organizations, the Order of Malta, with its worldwide Relief Agency Malteser International, is launching emergency aid in Gaza to support people in need. Through a local Egyptian partner organization, Malteser International distributes food packages to families in Gaza. Currently, these are ready-to-eat packages consisting of water, dried fruits, beans […]

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  • 28/11/2023

    Visit of the Grand Hospitaller to Uganda and South Sudan

      A delegation of the Order of Malta, led by the Grand Hospitaller, Fra’ Alessandro de Franciscis, has ended a week-long visit to Uganda and South Sudan.  Covering some of the Order of Malta’s most important projects in these two countries, the visit – from 16 to 23 November – also aimed to strengthen diplomatic […]

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  • 25/11/2023

    Fra’ Roberto Viazzo takes oath as Grand Prior of Rome

      In the church of Santa Maria on the Aventine in Rome, Fra’ Roberto Viazzo was sworn in as the new Grand Prior of the Sovereign Order of Malta by the Grand Master Fra’ John Dunlap. Witnesses for the Grand Prior were the Order of Malta’s Grand Commander Fra’ Emmanuel Rousseau and the Venerable Bailiff […]

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  • 10/11/2023

    Malteser International Expands Emergency Aid in Syria

      The Order of Malta’s worldwide relief agency, Malteser International, has scaled up its humanitarian support in Syria, following an increase in airstrikes in the north-West. “We are currently witnessing an increase in airstrikes in the Idlib region, the likes of which we have not seen for four years,” says Lena Schellhammer, a spokesperson for […]

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  • 31/10/2023

    Fra’ Jean-Michel Furlan new Professed Knight

      Jean-Michel Furlan, a 66-year-old Frenchman, took his solemn vows in the Order of Malta on 17 October. It was Fra’ Emmanuel Rousseau, Grand Commander, who received his vows during the solemn religious ceremony held in Agen, France, in the Cathedral of Saint Caprais. Among those present were Fra’ Alessandro de Franciscis, Grand Hospitaller, Fra’ […]

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  • 20/10/2023

    SMOM Statement at United Nations General Assembly Third Committee

    On October 11, 2023, Marissa del Rosario-Blackett, Counsellor of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta’s Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations, delivered an intervention to the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly. The Third Committee is one of six main committees at the General Assembly; it deals with human rights, humanitarian affairs […]

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  • 19/10/2023

    Interview with Order of Malta Ambassador to Palestine Michèle Bowe

      Nearly two weeks after the outbreak of the Israeli-Hamas war, Ambassador Michèle Burke Bowe, Head of the Representative Office to the State of Palestine, gives an update on life in Bethlehem, where the Order of Malta runs the Holy Family Hospital. What are the immediate consequences of the Israel – Hamas war on Bethlehem? The […]

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  • 11/10/2023

    Earthquake Afghanistan: Malteser International provides emergency relief

      After the severe earthquakes on October 7 and 11, Malteser International has provided 100,000 Euro for emergency relief for the people in Afghanistan. Within a few days there were several severe earthquakes in the province of Herat, three of them with a magnitude of 6.3. According to local authorities, more than 2,000 people lost […]

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  • 10/10/2023

    Statement on the current violence in the Holy Land

      The Sovereign Order of Malta expresses its deepest concern about the tragic events of the last few days in the Holy Land. It strongly condemns the acts of terrorism perpetrated in Israel against the local population and the tragic deaths they caused. It rejects the culture of violence that tolerates the indiscriminate killing of […]

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  • 20/09/2023

    Grand Hospitaller visits Order’s projects in Lebanon

      The Grand Hospitaller of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Fra’ Alessandro de Franciscis, paid a visit to Lebanon where he was able to see first-hand some of the most important projects run by the Lebanese Association of the Order of Malta, primarily in the medical and social field. During his stay, he had meetings […]

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  • 13/09/2023

    Malteser International team on the ground in Morocco after the earthquake

      An assessment team from Malteser International – the Order of Malta’s international relief agency – reached Marrakech on Monday evening and will be working in the Atlas Mountains during the coming days to assess the situation after the earthquake that struck Morocco on Friday night. Malteser International is working together with its local partners […]

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  • 12/09/2023

    Grand Master sends letter of condolence to the King of Morocco

      The Grand Master Fra’ John Dunlap sent a message of condolence to His Majesty the King of Morocco in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that struck the country last Friday night, causing more than 2,800 deaths. “The Sovereign Military Order of Malta expresses all its solidarity and support to the Moroccan people. Our […]

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