Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke is the Cardinalis Patronus of the Sovereign Order of Malta, appointed by His Holiness Pope Francis on 8 November 2014. Previously Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, he succeeds Cardinal Paolo Sardi, who was appointed Patron of the Sovereign Order of Malta in 2009 by Pope Benedict XVI.
Cardinal Burke has been a member of the Order of Malta since June 2011.
The Cardinalis Patronus of the Order of Malta is the Pontiff’s representative to the Sovereign Order of Malta and has the task of promoting its spiritual interests and that of its 13,500 members, as well as being responsible for relations with the Holy See. The Cardinalis Patronus is a distinctive element of the strong centuries-old links between the Vatican and the Order of Malta.