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Food and friendliness for those in great need

London, 17 April 2014

In response to the rise in homelessness in Britain, the British Association, together with the Companions of the Order of Malta and the OMV (Order of Malta Volunteers) has launched soup kitchens in three major British cities. In one area of central London, homeless guests queue up for welcome food parcels.

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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.


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