Fra’Andrew Bertie, 78th Grand Master, is proposed for sainthood
1300 participate in the ceremonies in Rome
Rome, 20 February 2015
The start of diocesan proceedings for the beatification of Fra’ Andrew Bertie
As the bells of the Basilica of St John Lateran peeled out, 1300 members, friends and volunteers of the Sovereign Order of Malta, and the family of Fra’Andrew, joined the 79th Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing to celebrate the life and works of one its most distinguished sons. It is the first time in a thousand years of history that a Grand Master has been proposed for sainthood.
Basilica of St John Lateran, Rome
The Mass was celebrated by the Cardinal Patronus of the Order, Cardinal Raymond Burke. In his address Fra’ Matthew Festing recalled this ‘ exceptional man of profound spirituality’ – as a moderniser, a reformer, as a humane and spiritual guide – and that the vast congregation coming to honour and remember him was a ‘valid testament to vox populi’.
The family of Fra’ Andrew Bertie
Two Grand Masters
The congregation, St John Lateran
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