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Order of Malta’s 31st annual international summer camp for young disabled

Harskamp, Holland, 16 August 2014

Harskamp, Holland: the 31st international summer camp for disabled young opens

Harskamp, Holland: the 31st international summer camp for disabled young opens

harskamp, Holland: international summer campers - out and about!

Harskamp, Holland: international summer campers – out and about!500 have turned up at the specially adapted camp in Harskamp, Holland – 200 young disabled and their 300 helpers and volunteers from 23 countries, to meet their good friends, make more, have fun. And to forget for one wonderful week the difficulties of everyday life. Grand Master Matthew Festing was on hand to meet and greet these engaging young with encouragement for their commitment to help each other – the able as much as the disabled.

Order Prelate, Archbishop Acerbi, celebrating the opening Mass, spoke of the humanitarian tragedies of this age – in Ukraine and Iraq, in Syria and Gaza, and reminded his eager young congregation of the Order’s continuing mission: always to help those in great need.

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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.