Grand Master Fra’Matthew Festing resigns from office
Lieutenant ad interim assumes the role of head of the Order of Malta
Rome, 28 January 2017
Fra’ Ludwig Hoffman von Rumerstein
The government of the Sovereign Order of Malta, the Sovereign Council, today accepted the resignation of the 79th Grand Master, Fra’Matthew Festing. Lieutenant ad interim Fra’Ludwig Hoffman von Rumerstein is appointed to lead the Order until the election of a new Grand Master.
In a letter sent yesterday, 27 January 2017, to Fra’ Ludwig Hoffman von Rumerstein and the members of the Sovereign Council, Pope Francis reaffirmed the special relationship between the Sovereign Order of Malta and the Apostolic See. The Pope affirmed that the Lieutenant ad interim assumes responsibility over the Order’s government, in particular regarding relationships with other States. Pope Francis will appoint a Special Delegate to the Sovereign Order. The Order assures its full collaboration with the Delegate.