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Around the world, the Order of Malta responds to the Pope Francis’ World Day of the Poor initiatives

In Britain, the Order highlights its work for the homeless

Rome, 18 November 2018

World day of the Poor: a British Association soup kitchen

Responding to the appeal of Pope Francis “this poor man cried, and the Lord heard him” the Sovereign Order of Malta has invited all its Associations and local entities worldwide to spread the Holy Father’s message by participating actively in the second World Day of the Poor, celebrated today, 18 November.

In 2017, 5.5 million meals distributed

“I would like the World Day of the Poor to be adopted by all the Order of Malta’s bodies to convey our commitment to the poor and to testify to our charisma Obsequium Pauperum,” Grand Hospitaller Dominique de La Rochefoucauld-Montbel said in his letter to over 250 of the Order of Malta’s embassies, Associations and volunteer/relief corps. The Order of Malta, with its 80,000 volunteers, 13,500 members and 42,000 staff, carries out its work for those in need 365 days a year in 120 countries. In 2017, the Order distributed over five and a half million meals worldwide.

The British Association of the Order highlights its work for the homeless with its soup kitchens in London, Oxford, Colchester, as well as its care projects for those in need in Cambridge, Edinburgh and St Andrews.

World Day of the Poor: Order of Malta projects around the World

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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.


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