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New head of the Order of Malta is sworn in

Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre undertakes his year-long task as Lieutenant

Rome, 30 April 2017

The flag of The Grand Master flies above The Magistral Villa, Aventino

The flag of The Grand Master flies above The Magistral Villa, AventinoFra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto, elected Lieutenant of the Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta yesterday, today swore his oath in the Church of Santa Maria in Aventino, before the Council Complete of State (the elective body of the Order of Malta) and Archbishop Angelo Becciu, the Pope’s Special Delegate. The Grand Commander of the Order, Fra’ Ludwig Hoffmann von Rumerstein, conferred the collar of Grand Master on the Lieutenant.

A solemn Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Becciu and the flag of Grand Master was raised at the top of the Magistral Villa at the end of the ceremony.

The Lieutenant of the Grand Master will remain in office for one year after which a new Council Complete of State will be convened. 

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