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Grand Master talks to the Financial Times about the Order, its history and its works

Help for those in need everywhere, every day

Rapallo, 25 June 2016

In an informal interview, Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing describes his work and life for the Order. ‘It’s always about thanking people,’ he explains. The Order’s 13,500 members, 100,000 volunteers and over 25,000 medical and para medical personnel work with dedication and commitment all over the world. 

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