President of Hungary in visit to the Grand Magistry, Rome
'Your work has great impact in our country'
Rome, 13 February 2020
Grand Chancellor with the Hungarian Presidential couple
The Hungarian President, Janos Ader, met with the Order's Grand Chancellor, Albrecht Boeselager in Rome yesterday.
The meeting took place on the 30th anniversary of the re-establishment of diplomatic relations in 1990 - an opportunity to confirm the excellent relations that over the years have created numerous Order of Malta and Hungarian Republic joint projects in the social-healthcare and humanitarian sectors for disadvantaged communities and individuals.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in Budapest last October to develop programmes for the protection of ethnic and religious minorities in the Middle East, Africa and other crisis regions - as an additional memorandum to the agreement signed in 2010 for humanitarian aid initiatives.
President Janos Áder recalled the important role played by the Order of Malta’s Hungarian Association – established in 1928 – and its relief corps (MMSz), active since 1989. “Your relief corps is one of the best in eastern Europe,” he said. MMSZ is one of the major health and welfare agencies in the country - for which the President’s wife. Anita Herczegh, is one of their Goodwill Ambassadors.
Hungarian flag flies beside that of the Sovereign Order
The service manages 350 units, with a staff of 5000 and 15,000 volunteers and has 142 groups operating nationwide. Its main areas of action are assistance to the disabled and the elderly, the distribution of meals to the homeless, projects for students from disadvantaged families, support for the Roma community and all the vulnerable minorities, including those million Hungarians who live outside their country
Link to the video of the event: https://youtu.be/wDOSqbuaOUo
Greater efforts against human trafficking are needed
Grand Master's annual address to the diplomatic corps
Rome, 10 January2020
Grand Master addresses the diplomatic corps
The Grand Master, Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto, received today the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Sovereign Order of Malta for the traditional audience of the beginning of the new year. The audience took place at the Magistral Villa in Rome.
In his address, which detailed the Order’s work around the world over the last year for those in great need, the Grand Master called for greater action in the fight against human trafficking, for more awareness of the contribution that faith based organisations and institutions make on the field of humanitarian assistance, and for the need to protect human rights and dignity.
The Order of Malta’s Association in Australia expresses its deepest concern for the violent bushfires which have been raging for months through parts of the country. The unprecedented fires have already claimed over 28 lives. Millions of animals have perished. Millions of acres have burned so far, in an area larger than Belgium.
Direct assistance for fire victims The Hospitaller of the Association, John Murphy, who has launched a fundraising appeal, describes current action: “The Order of Malta in Australia is responding to the immediate needs of the affected communities in various areas on the east and south coasts. Together with some local parishes, on the south coast of New South Wales we have managed to offer direct assistance to many people who have lost their homes, and in Victoria we are distributing food vouchers.”
More catastrophic weather on the way
Further catastrophic weather conditions are forecast from Friday, local authorities have warned. 3,000 army reservists, along with aircraft and naval ships, are being made available to help with evacuation from afflicted areas.
The Order of Malta Australia will use money from its Natural Disaster Fund to provide emergency relief to those directly impacted. The Association is exploring with its regional Hospitaller network how best to provide assistance to the thousands who have lost homes or are stranded.