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Worldwide review: the most recent works of the Order
The global Activity Report of the Order 2019 (pdf)

Latest activities of the British Association (pdf)


Rejoice! the theme for the Order's 36th annual international camp

Bavarian monastery hosts 500 young volunteers and guests

The International Summer Camp-in Germany this year-always includes a time for prayer
            The International Summer Camp-in Germany this year-always includes a time for prayer

In the days of high summer, 500 young people – made up of volunteers, carers, and 180 guests of the Order of Malta – have met up in Bavaria, in the splendid Benedictine Abbey of Ettal, to spend a week together, sharing outdoor activities, social events, fun and friendship, as well as time for prayer and meditation. This is the 36th International Camp for Young Disabled. The first camp, in 1983, numbered 60 participants, and now 500 come every year, representing 24 nationalities. 

 
Joy!
Joy! 
Each year a special theme is chosen for the camp – this time it is ‘Rejoice’. Grand Master Fra’Giacomo Dalle Torre, in his greetings to the young in the church of St Kajetan, Munich, told them: “Try to preserve the joy that fills your hearts during these days and take it with you in everyday life.” Also welcoming the participants: the Grand Chancellor, Albrecht Boeselager, the Grand Hospitaller, Dominique de La Rochefoucauld-Montbel and the President of the German Association, Erich Lobkowicz. 


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Carabiniere killed in Rome had been a volunteer with the Order since 2009

Grand Master condemns ‘this vile act’

Carabiniere Mario Rega on pilgrimage in Loreto
                                                     Carabiniere Mario Rega on pilgrimage in Loreto

The Order of Malta expresses its heartfelt condolences for the murder of the 35 year-old policeman (carabiniere), Mario Cerciello Rega, during the night between 25 and 26 July in the Prati district of Rome. He had been a volunteer for the Order of Malta’s Roma Delegation since 2009, distributing meals to the homeless and the vulnerable in Rome’s main railway stations - Termini and Tiburtina. His constant and regular commitment was carried out with such dedication and passion that he was awarded a Merito Melitense decoration in 2013.

 Recognition of commitment to the Order’s works for vulnerable people in Rome


The then Grand Prior of Rome, Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto, currently Grand Master of the Order of Malta, on awarding the much merited decoration, praised his dedication: “…he always participated in the twice-weekly distribution of food in the late evening, in critical areas of Rome such as the major railway stations where needy and marginalised people tend to collect.”

Today Grand Master Fra’Giacomo Dalla Torre stated: “This is a terrible bereavement for the entire community. We have lost a generous and dedicated man, animated by a profound sense of responsibility. The Order of Malta offers its deepest sympathy to the family of Mario Cerciello Rega and condemns this vile act of violence.”

Mario Cerciello Rega had participated in the Order of Malta’s pilgrimages to Lourdes and Loreto with his wife, also a volunteer with the Order, where he assisted the sick. 

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Cardinal Paolo Sardi, Cardinal Patronus of the Order, 2009 – 2014, dies in Rome

The Order of Malta is deeply saddened by the news


His Eminence Cardinal Sardi who has died today
                                                      His Eminence Cardinal Sardi who has died today

The Grand Magistry of the Sovereign Order of Malta has learned with great sadness of the death today in Rome of His Eminence Cardinal Paolo Sardi, Bailiff Grand Cross of Honour and Devotion, after a short illness.

 As Cardinal Patronus of the Order from June 2009 until November 2014, Cardinal Sardi leaves the Order family a profound memory. On learning of his passing, the Grand Master, Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto, immediately prayed for the repose of his soul.

 Paolo Sardi was born on 1st September 1934 in Ricaldone, province of Alessandria, in the diocese of Aqi. He was ordained a priest on 29 June 1958, and after studies in theology, graduated in canon law and jurisprudence at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan. He taught moral theology in Turin until 1976, when he was called to the Vatican to work in the Secretariat of State. In 1992 he was nominated vice-councillor and on 10 December 1996, apostolic nuncio with special assignments and titular archbishop of Sutri. Pope John Paul II ordained him a bishop on 6 January 1997. On 23 October 2004 he was nominated vice-camerlengo of the Church and six years later he was created cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI, 20 November 2010.

 Pope Benedict XVI nominated him Cardinal Patronus of the Order of Malta on 6 June 2009, an assignment he carried out with devoted commitment until his retirement on 8 November 2014.

The members of the Order of Malta remember Cardinal Paolo Sardi most especially for his gentle and modest ways, for his warmth of character, for his inspiring oratory and for his devoted participation in the Order’s annual pilgrimages to Lourdes, Loreto and Assisi. He was also a concelebrant at the International Mass of the Order in Lourdes in May of this year.

The Order of Malta shares the sorrow of the family, in prayer and in mourning the passing of a distinguished servant of the Church. 

His Eminence Cardinal Paolo Sardi, Bailiff Grand Cross of Honour and Devotion, 1934-2019. R.I.P.

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Grand Master in audience with Pope Francis

Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre describes the Order’s most important current projects and aims in the medical, social and diplomatic fields

The Grand Master confers with Pope Francis
                                                        The Grand Master confers with Pope Francis

The Grand Master described examples of the Order’s help - a testimony to the continuing commitment to assist society’s vulnerable: interventions to help displaced persons (IDPs) due to war, drought, or poverty, which this year affected 70 million people around the world – which are centred on support programmes, and include mobile clinics which travel into hostile and remote regions. Other activities bring aid to the elderly, the disabled, the homeless, and minorities such as the Roma in eastern Europe and the Yazidi in Iraq.

Pope Francis encouraged the Order to continue along the path of mercy and the commitment to society’s marginalised. He mentioned in particular the crisis in Venezuela, the help for refugees and for the local population in Colombia. Discussions also covered the Order of Malta’s actions in the Middle East, especially along the borders with Syria.

United Nations Migration Compact
The Grand Master outlined the work of the Order of Malta in international diplomacy and its active participation in the drafting of the United Nations Migration Compact, signed last December at the UN summit in Morocco. He drew attention, too, to a growing awareness and participation in the fight against human trafficking. 

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Annual celebration for patron saint of the Order of Malta, St John Baptist

Emphasis on the charitable works of the Order

The Brompton Oratory
                                                             The Brompton Oratory

Every year, right around the world, the Order of Malta marks the feast day of its patron saint, St John Baptist, with a solemn Mass in all the countries where the Order has a presence. In Britain, the annual event has taken place at the Brompton Oratory in London, celebrated by the Lord Bishop of East Anglia, Alan Hopes. 
Members file in
                                                       
Members file in 
The importance of hands that heal 
Fr.Gerard Skinner gave the homily, and reminded the congregation that “the hand of the Lord was with St John and is with each of you – to lend your hands, to practise charity, carrying out good works.”

Many members and volunteers received medals in recognition of their work to help those in need. In Britain the Order runs soup kitchens and a breakfast club for the homeless, tea parties for the elderly lonely, and 73 residential care homes in four counties.

 The day is also marked by the Grand Master’s annual audience with the Pope. Fra’Giacomo Dalla Torre outlined the Order’s latest key projects, including the recent developments in prison ministry in Britain, Portugal and the United States.

The Sovereign Order of Malta has a presence in over 100 countries. Its 13,500 members, 80,000 permanent volunteers and qualified staff of 42,000 professionals – most of whom are medical personnel and paramedics – form a worldwide network caring for the poor and the sick. The Order of Malta both supports and directly manages several hundred medical centres, 20 hospitals and 110 homes for the elderly, as well as first-aid and ambulance crews. 

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Reworking lives: the second chance

The Nehemiah Project, with the Order of Malta, launches new residential home for addicts

The plaque at The new Nehemiah house
                                                          The plaque at the new Nehemiah house

His Grace the Archbishop of Southwark, the Most Reverend Peter Smith, yesterday attended the opening of Croydon House, a project run by Nehemiah*, a Christian-based charity focussed on rehabilitation of addicts most of whom are prisoners or exoffenders. The project is sponsored by the Order of Malta. Also present for the occasion were members of the Order of Malta, some of whom are Directors for the project, together with the project’s sponsors and representatives of the fundraising arm of the Order, the Global Fund for Forgotten People.
At the opening ceremony Mons Reader cuts the ribbon
At the opening ceremony Mons Reader cuts the ribbon
Rebuilding lives
The Nehemiah Project is a centre of excellence for rehabilitating men from addiction and crime, through the transformation of their lives, so that they become fulfilled, valuable members of the community. It now opens another London residential home. Under the auspices of the Order of Malta, this is a ‘second primary house’, from where graduates can then progress into tertiary accommodation as the residents continue to grow In independence. 

The Project provides support with programmes which provide structure and a supportive environment where men can address the root causes of their addiction, and learn to make informed choices about their lives. The residents’ backgrounds often include having been in care, homelessness and prison, and becoming marginalised as the result of addiction. 

The Nehemiah Project has been providing support for over 20 years in south London, but is open to men from anywhere in the UK. The most important element in the treatment is the genuine desire to change. 

The Order of Malta and prison ministry 
The Order of Malta, recognising the needs of this socially marginalised category, has been developing prison ministry programmes in a number of countries, most particularly in the United States and Canada. The Order works with prisoners, ex-offenders and their families, and promotes awareness of the hardships encountered – mental and physical health, employment prospects, finances. In some American States, Order volunteers reach out to those on death row. 
Envoy Graham Hutton and His Grace Archbishop Smith at the opening
Envoy Graham Hutton and His Grace Archbishop Smith at the opening 
Assistance often starts with a visit to an inmate: ‘I was in prison and you visited me.’ (Matthew, 25:37). The programme aims to build a community of support, through a holistic approach to rehabilitation and integration back into the community. 
For more information: www.ordermaltaamerican.org/prison-ministry ; www.orderofmaltafederal.org/prison-ministry. 

* Nehemiah means ‘comfort’ in Hebrew. In the Book of Nehemiah in the Old Testament he was a leader of the Jews who was responsible for the rebuilding of Jerusalem (5th century BC), after it was destroyed by the Babylonians. The destruction of Jerusalem’s walls left its people exposed to great trouble and shame. The rebuilding revealed God’s blessing, served as a sign to Israel’s enemies, and showed God was with His people. Nehemiah stands as a testament to faithfulness and perseverance. 

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Tea parties offer good food and good company

Order of Malta bi-monthly tea parties for the elderly

London tea parties for the elderly - every other month
London tea parties for the elderly - every other month
Every other month, Order of Malta members, friends and volunteers throw a tea party for the elderly who are often just in need of cheer and company. New friendships are made – and some guests become renowned for their singing or dancing! A happy occasion for all.
London tea party - singing along
London tea party - singing along

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To be a pilgrim

Annual Order of Malta pilgrimage to the shrine of Lourdes

Lourdes - the old Basilica
                                                        Lourdes - the old Basilica

At the start of every May, the Order of Malta makes its international pilgrimage to Lourdes. This year, the 61st pilgrimage, led by Grand Master Fra’Giacomo Dalla Torre, will welcome over 7,000 pilgrims, including almost 1400 malades. The pilgrims will pray for serenity of soul and peace in the world, ‘to be valiant ‘gainst all disaster’. 

Lourdes - the Grotto
Lourdes - the Grotto
The British Association has been participating for over 60 years, and this year is preparing to bring, among its 255-strong contingent, 55 malades, 8 clergy, 14 medical personnel, as well as 40 young volunteers from the Order of Malta Volunteers (OMV).

The British Association, together with the OMV, also organises an annual pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, the oldest Marian shrine in Britain, each September.  

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Order of Malta health experts meet in Rome

Discussions focus on key projects and future plans

International conference of health experts meet in Rome
                                  International conference of health experts meet in Rome

Participants from Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa met in Rome to review current projects, and discuss those coming onstream. The meeting was hosted by the President of the Order's Italian Association and the group was welcomed by chairman, Grand Hospitaller Dominique de La Rochefoucauld-Montbel. Project updates included the work for drug addicts, the disabled, the elderly, and the poor in many countries who in these economic times need support in many areas - healthcare, food, clothing.
The patient, vets and Prof Arduini, Clinical Director
The patient, vets and Prof Arduini, Clinical Director
A recent special initiative is the veterinary clinic set up at the Order's First Aid Post in St.Peter's Square, as many homeless guests own dogs which are an important element in their well-being. The volunteer vets provide checks, give vaccinations when necessary and implant id chips. 

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Action to help the elderly poor in Caracas, Venezuela

The Order’s Venezuelan Association organises vital meals and plans a healthcare centre

Venezuelan Association supports elderly poor in Caracas
Venezuelan Association supports elderly poor in Caracas

The Order’s Venezuelan Association has set up a hot meal service for thirty disadvantaged elderly in the metropolitan district of Caracas. Led by President Gaspare Lavegas, this first stage of the support programme is now in place, with a second phase planned to provide a healthcare centre, staffed by doctors working with the Order. The Association was founded in 1957, following the Order’s mission to care for those in most need. 
Food and company for elderly poor in Caracas
     Food and company 

 Venezuela’s economic, social and political crisis has forced many people to leave the country. Since September 2018, the Order of Malta’s worldwide relief agency, Malteser International, has been providing aid and healthcare to thousands of refugees on the Colombia border.  

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Celebrating the 2nd Anniversary of the Order’s London Breakfast Club

A hearty start to the day for the homeless guests

The Wednesday Breakfast Club menu
                                                                          Wednesday Breakfast Club menu

The Breakfast Club celebrated their 2nd Anniversary this month. In two years the service has gone from welcoming 4 to 47 homeless guests. Every Wednesday morning between 6 – 8am the homeless come to Golden Square, Soho, central London to enjoy a delicious cooked breakfast with showers on offer and the morning’s papers to leaf through. Volunteers from the Order of Malta and the Companions of the Order prepare the hot food, while others are on hand to chat with the guests. When the homeless guests leave at 8am, they are each given a sandwich for lunch – a great way to start the day.

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Snapshot of the Order of Malta’s actions around the world

Just published: Facts and Figures 2019/20

Small Syrian refugee now attends Malteser International-supported school in Turkey
Small Syrian refugee now attends Malteser International-supported school in Turkey
A ‘take away edition’ of the Order’s current worldwide activities – the Facts and Figures 2019 flyer - has just been published.

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The care crisis for thousands of Venezuelan refugees in Colombia

Malteser International is providing medical care, survival kits - and now calls for more supply systems

Help for Venezuelan family in northern Colombia
Help for Venezuelan family in northern Colombia
Over a million Venezuelan refugees have poured into Colombia since last September, in search of sustenance, shelter and medical care, fleeing from poverty, scarcity of food and employment. ‘In northern Colombia the situation is dire,’ says Jelena Kaifenheim, Malteser International regional director for Latin America. ‘There are families living in parks, under bridges.’

 Malteser International is providing aid at a Hospital in the urban centre of Riohacha in Northern Colombia, and running mobile medical teams into remote rural villages, providing hygiene kits, agricultural equipment, food, and cash to very vulnerable families.

 What is urgently needed now from the international community, she says, is more doctors and more medicines.  

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First aid courses for rural areas in Scotland

The Order of Malta extends traditional primary support

Caithness - first aid training for families in rural areas
Caithness - first aid training for families in rural areas
In the isolated rural area of Caithness, Companions of the Order have been running free first aid courses for young families. This year they have added visits to a primary school to teach the children and parents during their After School Club. 

The initiative is a traditional one in the Order of Malta, where trained volunteer first aiders operate in 33 countries in Europe and the Americas. 

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130 Order first-aiders attend World Youth Day in Panama

Grand Hospitaller leads the young volunteer team

Panama World Youth Day Mass-Grand Hospitaller greets the Pope
                                Panama World Youth Day Mass-Grand Hospitaller greets the Pope

Order of Malta volunteer first aiders from Italy, Germany and France were among the 600,000 young people who attended the Panama events. The Grand Hospitaller Dominique de La Rochefoucauld-Montbel led the Order’s delegation. 

All the volunteers are specialised in accident and emergency care, and were in attendance at all the main events, working closely with the Panamanian first-aid, civil defence and fire-fighting services, and with the Vatican Gendarmerie Corps and Swiss Guards. Pope Francis expressed his appreciation for the Order of Malta’s medical assistance during the events.

Most treatments resulted from reactions to the high temperatures, such as dehydration and exhaustion, and twists and strains following falls. 

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Fundraiser for programmes for disabled young adults and children kicks off the year

The Order of Malta Volunteers’ annual White Knights Ball in London welcomed a thousand guests

White Knights Ball, Grosvenor House London, organised by the OMV (Order of Malta Volunteers)
White Knights Ball, Grosvenor House London, organised by the OMV (Order of Malta Volunteers)
A thousand guests danced the night away in central London’s Grosvenor House at a highly successful fundraiser for the Order of Malta Volunteers (OMV), one of the UK's leading youth charities, last Saturday.

The sell-out evening ensured that funding for the OMV’s main charitable projects is on target for this year. Special events for young disabled, pilgrimages to Lourdes and Walsingham, and participation in the Order’s international summer camp for young disabled this August are the 2019 highlights. 

Find out more and how you can help: www.omvactivities.org.uk 

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Every new year the Grand Master traditionally greets the diplomatic corps accredited to the Sovereign Order of Malta

His address illustrates the Order’s ongoing works for the poor and the sick around the world

Grand Master Dalla Torre addresses the diplomatic corps accredited to the Sovereign Order of Malta
Grand Master Dalla Torre addresses the diplomatic corps accredited to the Sovereign Order of Malta

After his welcome and exchange of new year greetings, Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre outlined the Order’s special role in the humanitarian and international scenario and its current focus on care for migrants and refugees, as its work has become increasingly visible on the international stage. 

A video from Rome Reports covered the event: https://goo.gl/L1XYMV
 

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Scottish Christmas supper and parcels for homeless guests

Members of the Order and the Companions help those in need, Banff, Aberdeenshire

Scottish volunteers organise distribution of Christmas parcels for the homeless in Aberdeen
             Scottish volunteers organise distribution of Christmas parcels for the homeless in Aberdeen

With winter cold and dark nights, help for the homeless in Aberdeenshire is much needed. 

Members of the Order and Companions worked together to organise a Christmas supper for the homeless in Aberdeen, and to distribute much needed parcels of food and clothing to those in Banff. Donations came from Tesco, Banchory (food) and Primark, Aberdeen (warm clothing) and the Christmas parcels were packed by members of the Companions of the Order.  

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