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Special Edition Newsletter - January 2014
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The Grand Master addresses the Diplomatic Corps to mark the new year
Grand Master Fra' Matthew Festing received on 14th January at the Magistral Villa, in Rome, the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Sovereign Order of Malta for the audience of the beginning of the new year.

In his address the Grand Master emphasised the Order of Malta's commitment to medical-social action in the face of humanitarian crisis, with particular focus on the plight of refugees fleeing conflict in Syria, Central Africa and Mali, and those arriving on European shores, particularly the Italian island of Lampedusa.


Looking back at 2013 the Grand Master reflected on Pope Benedict's precious words of recognition and encouragement to the Order, given two days before his renunciation. The call of his successor, Pope Francis, to care for the most needy resonates deeply with the Order's mission to serve the poor and the sick.

To read the speech in full click here.
Diplomatic Corps
Diplomatic Corps
A selection of our latest interventions
Central African Republic
Humanitarian aid stepped up in the Central African Republic

Ordre de Malte France has sent further medical equipment and supplies to hospitals in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, where more than 1000 people have been killed in violent clashes over the last three weeksMore
Bethlehem
Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem: 60,000th baby is born

The 60,000th baby was delivered on 19th December weighing 3.460kg and is called Mariam. Her parents come from a small village near Hebron, the ancient city in the West Bank
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Phlippines
Philippines: Emergency aid continues

Following Typhoon Haiyan, Malteser International - the Order of Malta's worldwide relief agency - has been able to deliver aid to thousands of survivors on the Philippine islands of Samar and Bantayan. More
Syrian refugees
Growing number of Syrian refugees in Bulgaria

The civil war in Syria has driven thousands to seek refuge in Bulgaria, where the intense cold of the winter has forced the Order of Malta's Embassy in the country to redouble its efforts in distribution of food and medicines. More
Lithuania
Annual Christmas soup campaign in Lithuania brings warmth and comfort

For the 8th year running the Order of Malta's Charity Service in Lithuania brings nourishing food and the comfort of company to the needy around the country. Poverty is a problem, but loneliness is too. More
El Salvador
2013 an important year for the Order of Malta in El Salvador

The El Salvador Association has, amongst other projects, opened 5 specialised wards in its clinics where patients without financial resources can be treated for cardiovascular diseasesMore
Christmas lunch
Christmas Lunch for the Needy in Rome

Order of Malta volunteers continued a 10-year tradition organising a lunch for 370 homeless people in Rome. The hot meal was served to both Italians and immigrants. More
Diplomatic Activities
Signing agreement
Agreement on diplomatic relations signed between the Republic of San Marino and the Republic of Honduras

The ceremony took place on 16th December at the seat of the Sovereign Order of Malta's government in Rome. The agreement was signed by the two ambassadors accredited to the Sovereign Order of Malta. More

 
Cooperation agreement
Humanitarian Cooperation Agreement signed in Belgrade

On 11th December at the historical Palace of Serbia, seat of the President of the Republic, a Cooperation Agreement in the Humanitarian Field was signed between the Republic of Serbia and the Sovereign Order of MaltaMore
Presentation of Credential Letters of Ambassadors

Ambassadors accredited to the Sovereign Order of Malta
- Montenegro, H.E. Veselin Å uković 
(9.12.13)
- Honduras, H.E. Carlos Ávila 
Molina (9.12.13)
- Brazil, H.E. Denis Fontes de Souza Pinto (9.12.13)
Vienna fundraiser
President Fischer attends Order of Malta fundraising dinner in Vienna for the disabled

220 guests attended a fundraising dinner for the disabled, organised by the Order of Malta's Grand Priory of Austria. The Federal President of Austria Heinz Fischer and the Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta Fra' Matthew Festing were guests of honour. More
Ireland awards
Order of Malta Ireland recognised for 75 years of service to the community

The inspiring work of the Order of Malta volunteer service in Ireland was recognised at the 'Better Together Awards' in Dublin Castle, winning the 'People's Choice Award'. More
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