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Grand Master addresses the Order of Malta diplomatic corps

Annual event traces worldwide humanitarian diplomatic activities

Rome, 14 January 2014

the grand Master addresses the Order's Diplomatic Corps

The Grand Master addresses the Order’s Diplomatic Corps

The Grand Master of the Order, Fra’Matthew Festing, as part of his annual address, today acknowledged the many excellent projects the Order carries out around the world with the invaluable help and support of its Ambassadors, a unique humanitarian diplomatic network. He thanked them for their work and noted that the ties that bind their countries to the Sovereign Order are ties of friendship as well as commitment.

The Grand Master receives the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Sovereign Order of Malta for the annual audience every January. This year the audience took place at the Magistral Villa on the Aventine Hill.

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The mission of the Order of Malta is inspired by its tradition of ‘Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum', to assist the poor and the sick, and bear witness to the Christian faith.


The Sovereign Order of Malta is a sovereign subject of international law. The Order - which is based in Rome, in via Condotti - has its own Government, an independent magistracy, and bilateral diplomatic relations with 110 countries.


The Order of St John of Jerusalem is one of the oldest institutions of Western and Christian civilisation. Present in Palestine in around 1048, it is a lay religious Order, traditionally of military, chivalrous, noble nature.