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Annual celebration of an age-old tradition dedicated to caring for the poor and the sick

Ceremonies take place around the world

London, 23 June 2017

Insignia of the Sovereign Order of Malta

Emblem of the Sovereign Order of MaltaEvery year, the feast of the patron saint of the Sovereign Order of Malta, St John Baptist, is celebrated around the Order’s world. This year, His Grace Archbishop Leo Cushley, Archbishop of St.Andrews and Edinburgh, led a packed congregation in prayer and thanksgiving in the magnificent neo-baroque Brompton Oratory in London. In his homily, His Grace reminded that the Baptist is an example to all who aspire to the knightly virtues of humility, obedience, courage, integrity.

The Brompton Oratory

The Brompton OratoryThe Order of Malta continues its long tradition of caring for those in need. In Britain, it currently runs soup kitchens in London, Oxford and Colchester, a breakfast club for the London homeless, a monthly tea for the lonely elderly, 69 care homes in four counties, and a 25-year old meals-on-wheels service in central Scotland.  

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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.