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Order of Malta on the ground in Amatrice: volunteer Giorgio Minguzzi is interviewed this morning on Vatican Radio

‘Helping is a tricky task; the aftershocks are dangerous’

Rome, 25 August 2016

Right now, 64 volunteers work to provide food, clothing, care, to survivors. Last night they hosted 230 in the local sports hall. The nightmare is not over.

Click here for link to interview.

The earthquake has prompted outpouring of support: click here for Catholic New Agency article and Order of Malta action.

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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.