Special edition newsletter: June 2014
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Sovereign Order of Malta
Order of Malta Chapter General
The Chapter General of the Sovereign Order of Malta is held in Rome
The Chapter General has elected government members for the next five-year term

The Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing expressed his satisfaction at the conclusion: “I am confident that the expertise of the senior members elected to these important strategic posts in the government of the Order of Malta will contribute great value as we move forward in this century of significant challenges  – social, humanitarian and spiritual - in the 120 countries where we work. I send my best wishes to the newly elected members for their important tasks”.

The Chapter General election results are available here.
Latest Activities
President Napolitano visit
The President of the Italian Republic visits the Magistral Villa

President Giorgio Napolitano made a private visit to the Magistral Villa, the Sovereign Order of Malta's institutional headquarters. The Italian President was received by Grand Master Fra' Matthew Festing. More
Cardinal Parolin and Fra' Matthew Festing
The Grand Master receives the Secretary of State of the Holy See

During the meeting Cardinal Pietro Parolin urged the Order of Malta to "continue confidently along its path...With the emphasis Pope Francis places on closeness to the poor and to all those in difficulty, the Order can carry out a permanent and contemporary mission in the Church today”. More
Floods in Balkans
Floods in Serbia and Bosnia-Herzagovina

The Grand Master expressed his sincere condolences in a note to the presidents of both countries. The Order of Malta is coordinating aid in response to the disaster and has initiated a fund-raising campaign. More
East Timor
Order of Malta projects in Timor-Leste

The Order of Malta has recently inaugurated an orphanage for 26 children aged from 6 to 18. In addition, a new health centre will be created in one the most disadvantaged areas of the capital Dili. More
Aid in Uganda
Uganda: the Order of Malta distributes aid to refugees

Over 300,000 people have been forced to flee South Sudan to neighbouring countries. In Uganda Malteser International, the worldwide relief agency of the Order of Malta, is intensifying its efforts to provide essential needs.  More
Care in Lithuania
Special care for elderly and disadvantaged in Lithuania

A campaign run by the Order of Malta's Relief Organisation in Lithuania has become so popular that it is now something of a custom. In this third campaign the Service was out again in full force in 25 cities around the country. More
Cooperation Agreement
Cooperation Agreement with La Francophonie

The Secretary General of the International Organization of la Francophonie, Abdou Diouf, and the Grand Chancellor of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Jean-Pierre Mazery, signed a cooperation agreement for establishing a link between the two institutions. More
John Cabot University
Honorary degree for Fra' Matthew Festing

The President of John Cabot University conferred the honorary degree upon Fra’ Matthew Festing “for providing an outstanding example of dedication to human progress and peace in his leadership of the Sovereign Order of Malta”.  More
Lourdes pilgrimage
Lourdes: the Order of Malta's 56th International Pilgrimage

Led by Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing, some 1300 malades as well as over 6500 members and volunteers participated in the Order of Malta’s 56th International Pilgrimage to Lourdes. More
Presentation of Credential Letters of Ambassadors

Ambassadors accredited to the Sovereign Order of Malta
- Armenia, H.E. Mikayel Minasyan (14.05.2014)
- Liberia, H.E. Rudolf P. von Ballmoos (14.05.2014)

Ambassadors of the Sovereign Order of Malta
- Latvia, H.E. Fabrizio Vinaccia (6.05.2014)

- Cape Verde, H.E. Dr. Ricardo Jorge Neiva de Oliveira de Aguiar Quintas (14.05.2014)
Historical image of Chapter General
The 2014 Chapter General in images
Historical image of Chapter General
The Sovereign Order of Malta Chapter General explained
AFP on migrant boat shipwreck
AFP report on migrant boat shipwreck off the Italian coast. An Order of Malta doctor describes the rescue mission.
Daily Telegraph in Lampedusa
Daily Telegraph video and written report on rescue missions at sea between Africa and Italy, including interviews with Order of Malta officials.
Daily Telegraph in Lampedusa
Following the arrival of over 400 migrants on the Italian island of Lampedusa Vatican Radio reports on the Order's commitment to human dignity.
Lourdes photo gallery
Lourdes: photographs of the Order's 56th International Pilgrimage
Flood preparation in Nepal
Flood preparation in Western Nepal: view images of disaster risk reduction project run by Malteser International, the Order of Malta's worldwide relief agency
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